In the 127,000 foot expansion of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, visitors will now find thirty Auguste Rodin pieces in the permanent collection. All pieces have been donated by the foremost private collectors of Rodin in the world, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor of New York.
As Rodin admirers and what some would say, fanatics, the Cantors are also great philanthropists via their foundation, the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. In 2004, the director of the North Carolina Museum of Art approached Mrs. Cantor to ask for twenty-five pieces and was glad recipient of thirty pieces. Over the next six years, the State of North Carolina, and private donations funded the expansion and opportunity for visitors to experience the strength, romance, passion and complexities of Rodin’s work.
Six large sculptures adorn the outdoor courtyard of the expansion and against the gray rocks, modern reflective pool and running bamboo create a breathtaking image. Skylights create a natural and impressive lighting system in the museum as you visit the other Rodin pieces.
This is a remarkable collection and one you will not want to miss.
All pictures are from the North Carolina Museum of Art flickr page.
You can read more about the permanent collections and exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Art at their website.