Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Kopenhagen
Dantes Plads 7
DK - 1556 København V., Denmark
Tel. + 45 - 33 41 81 41
Fax + 45 - 33 91 20 58
Curator Modern Department: Sidsel Maria Søndergaard, sms@Glyptoteket.dk
The founder of the Ny Glyptotek was the brewer Carl Jacobsen
(1842-1914), who also started one of the largest private art collections
of his time. So the Ny Glyptothek does possess the second cast of the
Bourgeois de Calais, ordered in 1900 at the Paris World Exhibition,
fabricated in 1903 in Bruxelles and installed on Dante Place at the
north side of the Museum. After World War II, it was placed inside.
Museum also owns one of only three over-life-size marble carvings of The
Kiss, the other ones being in Paris (carved by Jean Turcan, now in the
Hall of the Musée Rodin) and London (The Lewes Kiss in pentelican
marble, commissioned by Edward
P. Warren and hidden in a barn for decades, now on display in the
Tate Modern Gallery). As reported by the Musée
Rodin, these three marble versions were exhibited together at the
Musée d'Orsay in 1995 where it was possible to observe that the main
differences lay in the way the blocks were carved and the degree of
finish. The Paris Kiss shows an unfinished aspect which can be explained
by the fact that work on it was suddenly stopped in early 1889.
Times speaks of four marble versions of the Kiss, without
With more than thirty of the sculptor's works - both plaster, bronze and
marble figures - this Rodin collection is one of the most important
outside France. A few titles:
Age of Bronze, bronze, purchased in 1901
Fallen Caryatid carrying her Stone, 1880-81, marble,
bought in 1907, signed
Bust of Victor
Hugo, 1883, bronze, H 17½", purchased
in 1901 (green-beige patina)
Bust of Victor
Hugo, plaster cast, presented in 1903
The Good Fairy,
1890´s?, enlarged, marble,
H. 29", bought in 1907, signed on base.
a complete list of 33 Rodin works in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek collection, click here.
Represented by Francis Warin, the heirs of Jewish collector Alphonse
Kann, from whom the Nazis stole hundreds of artworks during World War
II, in 1999 claimed The Shadows (plaster) in the Copenhagen Museum had been
Alphonse Kann´s property.
The Museum also displays Salon Sculpture by Delaplanche, Dubois and
Barrias and possesses a large collection of works of Carpeaux.
Museum catalog French Sculpture II, by Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark, with
contributions by Emanuelle Héran and Sidsel Maria Søndergaard, 1999,
339. p. Available at the Museum bookshop.