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Art Exhibition, Tue 14 Aug - Sat 27 Oct 2018, £7.70

Rodin: rethinking the fragment

Rodin: rethinking the fragment

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81, The Burrell Collection © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.



    See one of Auguste Rodin's best-known works – The Thinker. The iconic piece is on loan from the Burrell Collection in Glasgow and takes centre stage in this display which explores how the French sculptor (1840-1917) studied the fragments of ancient Greece and Rome, converting the limbless, headless torso into a new art genre.

    Rodin was a radical and innovative artist who challenged the rules of contemporary sculpture. Perhaps his most important legacy was the idea that a fragment – an incomplete figure or even an isolated hand - could be a work of art in its own right.

    The Thinker was conceived to sit high up on Rodin’s The Gates of Hell. His inspiration for the sculpture included one of the most celebrated sculpture fragments to survive from antiquity, the Belvedere Torso.

    The Thinker is shown alongside three objects from the British Museum:

    - A classical torso from a marble statuette of Venus (c.first century AD).
    - Royal Academy medal (c.1901), showing the Athenian Acropolis alongside the Belvedere Torso.
    - Eugène Carrière’s portrait of Auguste Rodin, Rodin sculpting (1900).

    This is the first time that Roman Art has been on show at Abbot Hall, and in this display the objects shed light on the influence of classical antiquity on Rodin.

    We are the very first venue in the country to host this British Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan, generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe.

    Venues on this tour will each present the work in a different context. We are exploring Rodin’s influences and in turn his influence on Elisabeth Frink through our parallel exhibition Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power.

    The exhibition follows Rodin and the art of ancient Greece at the British Museum, 26 April to 29 July 2018.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Tue 14 Aug - Sat 27 Oct 2018 10:30 to 17:00


    Adults £7.70 / £7.00 without gift aid. Under 5s, students and Friends free. 6-16years by donation.


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    Picnic site nearby. Free admission to The Bakestone cafe at Abbot Hall.

    Events at this Venue

    date event
    Fri 22 Jun - Sat 29 Sep Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power
    Tue 14 Aug - Sat 27 Oct Rodin: rethinking the fragment
    Fri 7 Sep - Fri 25 Jan Crawl in the Hall


    Abbot Hall,
    LA9 5AL


    Plan route to Abbot Hall Art Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: SD 517921  Lat: 54.32298 Long: -2.74388

    From M6 jct 36 take A590 to Kendal. Come off dual-carriageway at Kendal south. Follow signs into town, Abbot Hall is well signed, next to Parish church.

    Just a short walk from Kendal Train Station. Swap onto the Lakes Line from Oxenholme and alight at Kendal.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Kendal station

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    • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
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      • YesVegetarian
      • YesVegan
    • YesBaby changing facilities
    • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
    • YesHigh chairs for children
    • YesChildren's menu
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