Musée Rodin Saves the Night of Museums Event in Paris
May 16, 2010 MuseumChick
Last night was the annual Night of Museums event in Europe where museums are free, open until 1am and have special events. Since this was the line (to the right) of my initial destination, a change of plans was in order. I couldn't really take a picture of the whole line- this wasn't the half of it. It wrapped around the side of the building and kept going. When Mr. MuseumChick and I first saw the line we thought, "too bad we don't know anyone inside that can sneak us in, but it's ok, we can wait". Then the line kept going, passing the 1 hour marker that the employees put up, then the 2 hour marker, then 3, then 4, so we quickly changed our minds. Mr. MuseumChick might have been happy about this since this line was for the Petit Palais's new Yves Saint Laurent exhibit, the first large retrospective exhibition dedicated to the fashion designer.
I told him I heard the Musée Rodin was supposed to have their garden temporarily lit up and sounded like a good back-up plan, so we made our way over the Pont Alexandre III towards the museum.
The Musée Rodin is housed in the former Hôtel Biron, built in 1730 by architect Jean Aubert, and displays works of sculptor, Auguste Rodin. Personally, I'd rather spend my time roaming around the garden than the actual museum. The vast garden is a calm oasis in the center of Paris and displays Rodin's bronze works. Since the garden is not usually open at night, temporary fixtures illuminated his famous pieces creating a magical presence in the otherwise dark garden.
(Above) Rodin's Burghers of Calais (Below) Rodin's Les Trois Ombres/ in English it's called The Three Shades in the garden of the Musée Rodin.
(Below) From the Musée Rodin garden you can see the top of Les Invalides.
We made our way through the dark grounds and towards the museum to see the works inside. I could see on the map that the famous "The Kiss" sculpture, from 1889, was inside.
And here it is…The Kiss…so romantic.
And "The Man with the Broken Nose" from 1863 in marble, considered to be Rodin's first major work.
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