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Rodin museum reopens its doors after three years

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:23

The famous Rodin Museum in Paris, dedicated to the French sculptor, reopens to the public after a three-year revamp costing 16 million euros. Roselle Chen reports.

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The Rodin Museum in Paris readies for its reopening to the public after an extensive three-year renovation. The project cost 16 million euros (17.2 million USD) and has brought an entirely new layout to the rooms, as well as the unveiling of previously unseen works, which will bring the creative process of the artist to the heart of the exhibition space. The Hotel Biron and its garden, the bucolic mansion in the center of the capital which houses the collection, was home to the artist Auguste Rodin and was used as his studio space in the years leading up to his death in 1917. Also on display is Rodin's sculpture of "The Thinker," which won him worldwide fame. Catherine Chevillot is the museum's director. SOUNDBITE: Catherine Chevillot, director of Rodin Museum in Paris, saying (French): "Visitors will see that the renovation has allowed more works to be displayed and also offers a new layout to the museum, which permits us to really enter into the sculptures, to dive into the heart of this universe. The quality of the glass and lighting has also been improved, which gives us the opportunity to come up very close to the sculptures and see their detail." The museum will reopen to the public on November 12, the day of Rodin's 175th birthday.

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Rodin museum reopens its doors after three years

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:23