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
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
museum-security.org, 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
Photo: Annie Mils
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue Vaugirard
F-75006 Paris, France
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.
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
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.
Musée du Grand Palais
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
F-75008 Paris, France
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
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
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
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