image detail: Auguste Rodin, France, 1840–1917, Pierre de Wissant, Monumental Nude, c.1886–87 (Coubertin Foundry, cast 1985), Paris, bronze, 215.0 x 100.0 x 60.0cm; William Bowmore AO OBE Collection. Gift of the South Australian Government, assisted by the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 1996, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time

Now open until 16 July 2017

‘In reality there is not a muscle of the body which does not express the inner variations of feeling. All speak of joy or of sorrow, of enthusiasm or of despair, of serenity or of madness.‘ Auguste Rodin, 1912

Auguste Rodin was an artist who redefined the idea of the body in sculpture. Marking 100 years since his death in 1917, Rodin’s legacy is the wellspring of this major exhibition.

Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time brings together key pieces by this pioneer of modern sculpture with an innovative selection of work by leading modern and contemporary artists who have similarly challenged our understanding of the human condition.

Exclusive to the Art Gallery of South Australia, Versus Rodin includes the Gallery’s significant collection of bronze sculptures by Rodin, the largest collection in the Southern Hemisphere.

Through a series of duets and duels, Rodin’s work is brought into conversation with over 100 modern and contemporary works of art by Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley, William Kentridge, Bharti Kher, Rosemary Laing, Ugo Rondinone and Kara Walker among others.

Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation and supported by Adelaide Festival.

 

The Versus Rodin learning program assists educators in supporting students’ exploration, engagement, and understanding of the exhibition through the theme of the figure. The learning experiences are designed to encourage students to take a closer look at selected works of art, and to compare and contrast Rodin’s works with works from the Gallery’s collection.

Opportunities exist for students and educators to connect with the Australian Curriculum: Visual Arts through the strands of ‘Responding’ and ‘Making’, by considering the cultural and historical contexts in which the works were created, connecting to Cross-curriculum priorities and General capability themes.

Learning opportunities offered through the program include:
- responding by using eyes, ears and imaginations
- discussing how and why works are made (and displayed)
- exploring varieties of techniques and materials
- sharing what is seen as an audience 

Works of art in Versus Rodin may contain content that might not be suitable for all visitors. We therefore recommend that an educator visits prior to booking their class. Please contact Learning at the Gallery if you have enquiries regarding exhibition content learning@artgallery.sa.gov.au.


Interpretive Resource
Versus Rodin Interpretive Resource available here >

Versus Rodin Exhibition Guide available here >


Versus Rodin guided and self-guided exhibition visits

Take a guided session of Versus Rodin with one of our Guides, or experience the exhibition through independent self-guided group learning. The Versus Rodin catalogue supports pre-visit and post-visit inquiry. Limited guided sessions available.
When Weekdays during school term
Suitable Early years, primary and secondary students and educators.
*We recommend that early years and junior primary educators visit the exhibition or contact Learning at the Gallery prior to booking their class.
Cost $30 per class group. Free for equity and regional school classes. Maximum of 30 students per class.
Bookings essential Submit a school booking request. Learning at the Gallery will follow up to confirm and provide payment details.

Permanent collection visits
Investigate how artists depict emotions through the human form. Take a guided session of the permanent collection with one of our Guides, or experience the collection through independent self-guided group learning. Limited guided sessions available.
When Weekdays during school term
Suitable Early years and junior primary students and educators
Cost
Free. Maximum of 30 students per class.
Bookings essential Submit a school booking request.


The 'Plinth City' Studio: Early Years, Primary and Secondary Schools
Transformed into a playful candy-coloured city of plinths, The Studio is inspired by that often overlooked art world object - the plinth. Lauded by some, ridiculed by others and ignored by many, the plinth, and its changing form and function, provides us with a concise history of art. From Rodin's refusal to use traditional plinths (he sometimes used antiquities and found objects as bases for his sculptures) through to hand-carved, mirrored and textured plinths that function as works of art in their own right, artists have constantly challenged our ideas about art and the best ways to display it.

Referencing moving image works featuring Australian Dance Theatre dancers, students draw multiple figures, exploring scale, proportion, movement and emotion. Secondary and upper-primary students then create mixed-media figurative sculptures that explore the interactions between the figure and the plinth, while early years and early-primary students transform their drawings into colourful articulated marionettes.

The Studio is supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.

When Weekdays during school term. Daily 1 hour workshop sessions available together with a booked exhibition viewing.
Suitable Early years, primary and secondary students and educators.
Where The Studio
Cost Free with a Versus Rodin or permanent collection visit, facilitator and all materials supplied. Limited to 30 students.
Bookings essential Submit a school booking request. Learning at the Gallery will follow up to confirm and provide payment details. 




FURTHER INFORMATION & BOOKINGS

Learning at the Gallery
Telephone (08) 8207 7033
Email learning@artgallery.sa.gov.au
North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Principal Donor Neilson Foundation. Publication Partner Gordon Darling Foundation. Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation and supported by Adelaide Festival.

image detail: Auguste Rodin, France, 1840–1917, Pierre de Wissant, Monumental Nude, c.1886–87 (Coubertin Foundry, cast 1985), Paris, bronze, 215.0 x 100.0 x 60.0cm; William Bowmore AO OBE Collection. Gift of the South Australian Government, assisted by the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 1996, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. 

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