Rodin sculpture comes to town

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The sculpture Eve cast from an original Rodin work.
The sculpture Eve cast from an original Rodin work.
A new exhibition showcasing New Zealand's most significant Rodin sculpture has opened at Ashburton Art Gallery.

The sculpture, called Eve, was completed by the French master sculpture in 1882 and 15 bronze copies were cast from it 1959.

The bronze Eve is 75cm tall and weighs 22kg and is usually held at Te Papa.

Ashburton, Gore and Blenheim are the only South Island centres on the sculpture tour.

Auguste Rodin is one of the world's best known artists and his works include The Age of Bronze, The Thinker and The Kiss.

Also included in the Remembering Rodin exhibition is a lithographic portrait of Rodin (1914) by his famous near contemporary Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and a rare leather bound edition of Gustave Coquiot's Rodin (Paris 1915) with 57 hand-tipped photographs.

A short video accompanying the exhibition tells the story of Eve and the process of casting the bronzes.

"We are thrilled to have the prized work of art at the gallery,'' said Ashburton Art Gallery manager/curator Shirin Khosraviani.

"Viewing Eve is a stirring experience for visitors, both young and old, and a rare opportunity to see the work of a master.''

Remembering Rodin runs until November 22 and has been developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.