Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Courtauld Gallery - Evening Standard on Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement

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By 1900, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was considered France’s greatest living artist, and managed a large studio producing bronzes and marbles for commissions around the world. However, his practice also took a more private and intimate turn, developing his long-term passion for capturing expressive movement in drawings and small scale sculptures.
Discover the first major exhibition to explore Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses. It explores a series of experimental sculptures known as the Dance Movements made in 1911, which offer a rare glimpse into Rodin’s unique working practices.

These stretching, leaping and twisting figures in terracotta and plaster are presented alongside a series of remarkable drawings in which Rodin explored movement and new forms of dance. They include the acrobatic models who posed for him in the studio as well as performers from the Royal Cambodian dance troupe who took Paris by storm.

While many of the drawings of dancers were exhibited within Rodin’s lifetime, the sculptures were seen only by his very closest circle of friends and supporters. They may be considered his last major project, reflecting how the final years of his life were a period of playful experimentation.

Organised in collaboration with:
Exhibition generously supported by:
Friends of The Courtauld
International Music and Art Foundation
Anonymous in memory of Melvin R. Seiden
The Daniel Katz Gallery, London
Stuart and Bianca Roden
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We would also like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their kind support:

Stuart Lochhead and Sophie Richard
Mark and Cathy Corbett
Benjamin Proust Fine Art Ltd – London

"I invent nothing, I rediscoverAuguste Rodin.

To coincide with the opening of our exhibition Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement the clever team at the Art Fund have put together the ultimate Rodin quiz!

Test yourself on the life and work of the great sculptor and rediscover your own knowledge on one of the most-important modern sculptors.

A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765-1837
This exhibition considers the place of architecture in establishing the notion of public life. It brings together an outstanding selection of architectural drawings of public building and public space in France that pursued the Enlightenment idea of a ‘scientific’ city, describing rational, hygienic and symbolic expressions of an ideal civic life.

Organised by Drawing Matter Trust in collaboration with The Courtauld Gallery as part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility.
Christmas is fast approaching and it's time to start planning your festive shopping.

Visit The Courtauld Shop; bursting with everything you could require for a stylish Yuletide including knitted decorations, traditional advent calendars and luxury Christmas cards inspired by The Courtauld Gallery collection.

Find out more in our latest blog.
November Talks
Curators' Talks
Sunday Talks
Sunday Music
Lunchtime Talks 
Wednesday 2 Nov
17.00 - 17.45

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month for a curator’s talk on the artwork, themes and ideas behind our latest exhibition. Talks are included in your admission ticket.
15.00 - 15.45

Explore highlights from the latest exhibition, or works from the collection, as they are examined by postgraduate students from The Courtauld Institute of Art. Included in your admission ticket, see our events calendar for dates.
15.00 - 15.45

Listen to performances inspired by the collection as you enjoy your visit. Included in your admission ticket, see our events calendar for dates.
Specific Weekdays

Lunchtime talks on the collection are delivered by students and researchers at The Courtauld Institute of Art on works in the collection. The talks take place in front of the objects in the gallery and are informal and interesting ways of looking closely at the works in our collection.
What's on elsewhere
Retracing Ribeiro
Black Star: Explore black representation through cinema 
Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal

Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans
Burgh House 
26 October 2016 - 19 March 2017
The Hampstead painter, Lancelot Ribeiro was one of the most original of the Indian artists who settled in Britain in the post-war period. A new temporary exhibition launches a year-long Retracing Ribeiro programme of events supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and being celebrated as part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture.
British Film Institute
Thursdays until 24 November

Don't miss the UK’s biggest season of film, TV and special events celebrating black screen talent.  From Jazz to Hip Hop, Poitier to Prince and Josephine Baker to Beyoncé  there’s something for everyone. Next month we look forward to welcoming some fantastic names to the stage. Highlights include Idris Elba, Lenny Henry PLUS Danny Glover!
The Jewish Museum
10 November 2016 - 26 February 2017

Discover the story of how Jewish émigré ceramicists including Lucie Rie and Hans Coper transformed British studio pottery and influenced successive generations of ceramic artists. Enjoy the work of 13 ceramicists in an exhibition spanning 80 years.
The Royal Academy
Until 29 January 2017
An innovator, an outsider and a prominent artist in 20th century Belgium, James Ensor’s truly original body of work comes to the RA, and is curated by one of today’s leading painters and fellow Belgian, Luc Tuymans.

Hair by Sam McKnight
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Somerset House
2 November 2016 – 12 March 2017

A major exhibition celebrating the remarkable 40-year career of hair stylist Sam McKnight. An integral part of the fashion industry, Sam has been instrumental in helping to develop the images of Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Princess Diana among many others.