Klimt and Rodin—The Last Few Days

Klimt and Rodin an Artistic Encounter ends on January 28, 2018.

Marking the centenary of Rodin’s death in 1917 and that of Gustav Klimt in 1918, Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter examines the diverse connections between these artists and their impact upon the art world.

While Rodin is widely regarded as “the father of modern sculpture,” Klimt was a groundbreaking painter and a founding member of the modernist Vienna Secession movement.

This exhibition marks the first major survey in California of Klimt’s work. Sharing the galleries with the Legion of Honor’s important holdings of Rodin works will be examples from Klimt’s oeuvre on loan from public and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Klimt and Rodin celebrates the legacies of these two pioneers, who each broke the reigning aesthetic boundaries of the time to find new vocabularies and create powerful agendas for modern painting and sculpture.

Klimt and Rodin are known to have met only once, at the “Beethoven Exhibition” mounted by the Vienna Secession in 1902. Rodin was especially fascinated by the notion of the collaborative “total work of art” (Gesamtkunstwerk) achieved through the mutually enriching juxtaposition of painting, sculpture, music, and installation design.

The Legion of Honor is located in Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Visit the Legion of Honor website for details and to purchase tickets.

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