Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Kopenhagen

Dantes Plads 7
DK - 1556 København V., Denmark

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Curator Modern Department: Sidsel Maria Søndergaard,

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. 

The 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.

(The Sunday Times speaks of four marble versions of the Kiss, without mentioning locations).

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:

   The Age of Bronze, bronze, purchased in 1901

   Fallen Caryatid carrying her Stone, 1880-81, marble, 
      H. 21,75", 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.

For a complete list of 33 Rodin works in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek collection, click here

Photo Exhibition: Rodin Improvisations, 1995.

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.


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