[text_output]The Rodin Museum
has always been a favorite of tourists so everyone is delighted that it has re-opened after an extensive 3 year, 16 million Euro renovation.
On display in the splendid high-ceilinged salons are not only Rodin’s sculptures and drawings, but also the sculptures of Camille Claudel, his student and lover. Rodin created some of the most iconic sculptures in the history of art, “The Kiss” and “The Thinker”.
The prestigious Hotel Biron, an early 18th century mansion with 7 acres of gardens that houses the Rodin collection was originally built as a private residence. In 1820 it was purchased by a religious order which created a school for young girls. In 1904 the property was surrendered to the State which temporarily rented out rooms to impoverished artists and writers. Some of the tenants who rented space in the shabby splendor of the mansion were Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Rainer Maria Rilke and the dancer Isadora Duncan, the free spirit who is credited with inventing Modern Dance. Auguste Rodin took 4 rooms on the ground floor.
In 1911 the artists were evicted but Rodin fought to save the building from demolition. Before dying in 1917, he gifted the State his entire collection of sculptures on condition that they be housed in the Hotel Biron. The Rodin Museum opened in 1919.[/text_output]