Rodin's The Kiss is number 25 on the French list of 2,000 unclaimed artworks and became state property in 1951. The cast has been out of the public eye for at least three decades. It was initially kept in a storeroom before being transferred to the private back garden of the Hôtel Mâtignon, the residence of the French Prime Minister. Initiator of Two other copies of the Kiss were also hidden from the public for two or three decades: The marble Lewes Kiss in East Sussex, UK, now on display in the Tate Modern Gallery, and the marble Kiss stolen from the Stalingrad Museum of War. Another marble Kiss stolen by the Nazis is mentioned by the Moscow Times of Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, in a report on on Vladimir Bryntsalov, vodka distiller, pharmaceuticals tycoon and politician.

A bronze version of the Kiss (Barbedienne Foundry, No. 13, 74 cm high ), shown at the Chicago Universal Exhibition 1893, was placed there in a special room in order not to shock puritan eyes.

LOUVRE MUSEUM/Tuileries Gardens

1, Place du Carrousel
F-75001 Paris, France

Tel. +33 -1 - 40 20 51 51

As reported by Marilyn August for AP, Ben Macintyre for, and Karen Wilkin for New Criterion, a bronze cast of Auguste Rodin's The Kiss, which was stolen by the Nazis and never reclaimed after the Second World War, was put on permanent display in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris in November 1998, together with Rodin's Eve, L'Ombre (The Shadow), and Meditation. Others pieces installed include Jean Dubuffet's colorful Le Bel Costume, Alberto Giacometti's Grande Femme II, Henry Moore's Figure Couchee and Primo Piano II by American sculptor David Smith. As a group, they form a connection between the Louvre, the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume, now a site for shows of recent art.

In the Louvre itself, the exhibition 2000 Years of Creation - After the Antique compares and contrasts classical sculptures with later and modern works which draw upon them for inspiration. Nine of the most famous antique masterpieces (including Venus de Milo, Man removing a thorn and The Borghese Gladiator) are mirrored by sculptures, paintings, drawings, objets d’art and photographs from the 19th century until the present day. The exhibition unites around 300 items, brought together by Jean-Pierre Cuzin, Jean-René Gaborit, Alain Pasquier, general curators at the Musée du Louvre. Work by Auguste Rodin is also included.

I expect the Rodin works at the Louvre to be listed in the Joconde Database soon.

Eve, bronze, detail
Photo: Annie Mils

Musée du Luxembourg

19 rue Vaugirard
F-75006 Paris, France
Mo. Odéon

Tel. +33 - 1 - 42 34 25 95
Fax +33 - 1 - 46 34 61 62

Next to the Palais du Luxembourg, the former Musée du Luxembourg, that once housed permanent nineteenth century sculpture and painting collections, is now a gallery presenting temporary exhibitions. The Eve figure, cast in 1911 for the Musée du Luxembourg, was deposed in the Musée Rodin in 1918.

Exhibition Rodin in 1900 - 21 Febr. - 10 May 2001

In 1900, Rodin was invited to organize an exhibition of his work within the framework of the Paris World exhibition. For this purpose, Rodin had his own pavillion built at the Place de l'Alma. Paris. Rodin´s show has been re-created as closely as possible at the Musée du Luxembourg.

The display, put together by the Musée Rodin and the Reunion of National Museums in collaboration with the Senate and the Tokyo Shimbun, echoes the catalogue of the 1900 exhibition, which gathered together 168 sculptures and over 100 drawings and photographs. The collection of finished bronzes and plaster studies includes The Man with the Broken Nose to the portraits of Balzac and Victor Hugo, the monumental Gates to Hell and many studies of the female nude.


Jardin du palais royal

Entrance to the Jardin du Palais Royal is off either place du Palais Royale or rue du Petits Champs
F-75001 Paris.
Mo. Palais-Royal - Musée du Louvre.

In this park you can find Rodin´s Monument to Victor Hugo, in marble.

Musée du Grand Palais

Porte Champs-Elysées
3, avenue du Général-Eisenhower
F-75008 Paris, France
Mo. Champs Elysées-Clemenceau

  Barbier, Nicole, Nineteenth-Century French Sculpture. Catalog of an exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, 1986.

Musée du Petit Palais

Av. Winston-Churchill
F-75008 Paris, France
Mo. Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau

Tel. +33 - 1 - 42 65 12 73
Fax +33 - 1 - 42 65 24 60

The Petit Palais was created for the Universal Exposition of 1900 as a city museum in which to showcase the works bought from the yearly Salons.

The Museum owns also work by Rodin, shown in the 1998 exhibition From Ingres to Cezanne.

   Bust of Victor Hugo, 1883, marble,H. 18", acquired 
      in 1888, ex-Hôtel de Ville [Spear, pl. 8]

  Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn "Von Ingres bis Cézanne - Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts aus der Sammlung Musée du Petit Palais, Paris".

Maison de Victor Hugo

Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée
6, place des Vosges
F-75004 Paris, France
Mo. Bastille

Tel. +33 - 1 - 42 72 10 16
Fax +33 - 1 - 42 72 06 64

   As could be expected, here we find a plaster cast 
     of Rodin´s Bust of Victor Hugo (colored dark green, 
     including a base cast in one piece with the bust).


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