After two months of chasing Auguste Rodin’s past, present and perhaps even future, I hosted an exhibition with many of my thoughts, drawings and findings. An open atelier filled with art, travels and stories.
THE ROAD TO RODIN
This is not an exhibition of Rodin’s work. Let me start by saying that. There are plenty of filled museums that show his work and I can absolutely recommend you to visit them. It is also not an exhibition about Rodin’s life. It seems that he was quite closed about his personal affaires. We know that he had a lifelong relationship with the woman who married him three weeks before her death, we also know that in the meantime he had a relationship with his twenty-four-year-old student Camille. He also seems to have been moody, withdrawn and extraordinarily perfectionistic. But since he is not here to introduce himself to you or us, this is not about that either.
This is an exhibition of a travelogue. I went looking for someone who could teach me about directing and that man turned out to be Auguste Rodin. This is what I saw when I looked at him, in some brainwaves, ideas and stories. And of course a whole lot of images and sketches by Rodin to give an impression of his oeuvre. Not all of what I came up with and what I found is displayed here, but it does give an impression of the world that I encountered when I went to Paris on my own with two backpacks and a bottle of water – looking for Rodin.
“I understand that Rodin is the name of the street. The path from the center to Meudon bears the name of the most famous man who walked it so often. But the name of this park remains a mystery to me. To create an imagine: It is a park on a steep hill, and not just steep, not steep like the last part of the st. Pietersberg back at home in Maastricht, no I’m talking about, help-I-can’t-walk-anymore steep. And that wasn’t even the most remarkable thing. Once I was upstairs and looked around, I saw three brightly colored, LED-lit escalators in red, blue, and green. You couldn’t have imagined anything more distasteful. And it was called Rodin.” Paris, January 2020
Rodin – an exhibition was open to visitors on February 17 and 18, 2020 at the Toneelacademie Maastricht. With special thanks to Frank Mineur.