Works of Picasso and Rodin on exhibit

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Works of Picasso and Rodin on exhibit

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Art exhibitions abound in Korea, but few can boast of having works by both Pablo Picasso and August Rodin. The Seongnam Arts Center can: Its current show is a collection of prints from Picasso’s 100-print Vollard Suite and Rodin’s famous “Thinker” and “The Burgher of Calais” sculptures.
The exhibition includes 99 prints by Picasso, 25 etching prints, color prints by contemporary artists including Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Jesus Rafael Soto, Bernard Buffet and Salvador Dali, and sculptures by Auguste Rodin and from Hellenistic Greece. The works are on loan from Reunion des Musees Nationaux, a union of 32 French national museums.
The Vollard Suite collection is a graphic series named after the dealer Ambroise Vollard, for whom Picasso etched the copper plates between September 1930 and June 1936. Picasso employed a variety of techniques, such as burin, drypoint, etching and sugar aquatint. The suite also contains three portraits of Ambroise Vollard made in 1927.
Picasso produced hundreds of the prints from the suite after the late 1920s. He seemed to enjoy the fact that prints could be endlessly reproduced and began using etching and sugar aquatint to express his wry sense of humor.
Other prints include “Isabelle Adjani” by Andy Warhol; “Untitled” by Joan Miro; “La Victoire de France” by Buffet and “Untitled” by Soto.
Of all the works by Rodin, the most famous one is the Thinker. It was modeled between 1880 and 1882 as part of a larger work titled “The Gates of Hell,” and exhibited in its original size (71.5 centimeters) in Copenhagen in 1888. It was enlarged in 1902 and exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1904.
The Monument to the Burghers of Calais, which took Rodin 11 years to complete, refers to an episode that took place during the 100 Years War. The story refers to six of the town’s leading citizens who offered themselves to Edward III of England so he would raise the siege of the city and save the starving population. Rodin portrayed the six at the moment they were preparing to leave the market place, expecting to be quickly executed.


by Limb Jae-un

The exhibition opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m., and runs until March 5. Ticket prices are 3,000 won ($3) to 5,000 won. For more information, call (031) 783-8091~4 or visit www.snart.or.kr. It can be reached from exit 1 at Imae station on the Bundang Line.

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