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odin is definitely in fashion – as witness the preparations for the centenary of his death in 2017, and the long-awaited reopening
of the Musée Rodin (Paris) in November 2015, after being closed for three years. The museum received 89,000 visitors in only a few weeks, despite the attacks in Paris. But this enthusiasm isn't restricted to France: Rodin is highly popular on the other side of the Atlantic as well. Until 13 March, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is exhibiting 200 works by the artist in the retrospective "Rodin: Evolution of a Genius", staged by the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée Rodin. Meanwhile, from 5 March to 29 May, the San Antonio Museum of Arts will be presenting over 30 sculptures by the artist from the Iris and Gerald Cantor collection in another retrospective, "Rodin: The Human Experience".

Renewed interest over the past decade
In fact, Rodin has been very much in the limelight for the last ten years. Two large-scale exhibitions staged in 2006 by the Musée d’Orsay ("Auguste Rodin - Eugène

Carrière") and the Royal Academy of Arts ("Rodin") undoubtedly contributed to this fresh interest. A few statistics reveal the extent of the phenomenon. Since 2005, Rodin has been the subject of nearly 3,000 articles each year, compared with under 800 between 1995 and 2005. There is a similar trend with exhibitions. The artist features in around twenty collective exhibitions every year, and six retrospectives. Between 1995 and 2005, his works appeared in fewer than ten collective exhibitions each year, and around three retrospectives. As a result, Rodin's sculptures are doing well – splendidly, even – at auction. On February this year, in a packed room 9 at Drouot, the Binoche & Giquello auction house sold five of his bronzes from the Jean de Ruaz collection. Four went for more than their high estimates, including "L'Éternel Printemps" (cast between 1935 and 1945 by Alexis Rudier), which fetched €693,000. The star lot, a bronze proof of "Le Baiser" produced in 1927, again by Alexis Rudier, went all the way up to €2.2 M (see photo on page ???). So 2016 certainly started in style. The record for a work by Rodin was achieved as early as 3 February this year at Sotheby’s London. Estimated at between £6 and 8 M, "Iris,

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€2,205,000 Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), "Le Baiser", medium "Porte d'Enfer-size" model with simplified base, 1885, bronze proof with shaded brown patina produced in 1927 by the Alexis Rudier
foundry, 85.2 x 52.4 x 54.5 cm. Paris, Drouot, 16 February 2016, Binoche & Giquello auction house. Cabinet Brame & Lorenceau.

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