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Pose and Variations

Sculpture in Paris in the Time of Rodin

26 october 2018 to 4 february 2019
running times vary
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Pose and Variations

About three dozen sculptures from the collections of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen are part of an unprecedented exhibition dedicated to the pose in the 19th century French sculpture. The general concept of the exhibition is the pose based on the sculptures of the two collections, grouping related pieces and reflecting standard poses with which the French artists were confronted at the beginning of their formation. This exhibition also aims at understanding how the nine authors represented in the exhibition adopted and adapted certain poses in their creations, sometimes moving away from existing canons, sometimes following their personal paths based on academic teachings.

Five distinct nuclei of objects thus constitute the proposed theme, where the human figure, omnipresent, either inspired in classical mythology or assuming a realistic and/or intimate dimension with expression at the specific stage in the works (included in the sample are small studies in plaster together with finished versions), will give the public the opportunity to have contact with some of the most timeless sculptures produced in France between the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century.

Wednesday to Monday from 10h to 18h


Curated by Luísa Sampaio


Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

foundation, museum, library, auditorium
Avenida de Berna, 45A 217 823 000