About the Exhibition

ADDRESS

Christchurch Mansion

Soane Street

Ipswich IP42BE

EXHIBITION DATES

24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019

exhibition hours

Tue – Sat: 10am – 4pm

Sun: 11am – 4pm

This winter, join us in Ipswich for what will be East Anglia’s once in a lifetime landmark exhibition, Kiss & Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture. Discover the tale behind the lovers in Auguste Rodin’s iconic life-size marble sculpture The Kiss and the work of literature that inspired it, Dante’s Inferno from The Divine Comedy. This monumental artwork, on loan from the Tate, is a significant piece in the history of sculpture.

Explore the halls and galleries of Christchurch Mansion to uncover one of the most enduring themes in art – the human figure.

ADULTEROUS LOVERS

The tragic tale of the adulterous lovers is explored through an illustrated edition of The Divine Comedy and a line-engraving depicting their plight by Romantic poet William Blake.

SCULPTURE

Several of Rodin’s sculptures on loan from the Tate and East Anglian museums and galleries will be displayed in this major exhibition, including portrait sculptures of French novelist Honoré de Balzac and two more of Rodin’s sculptures inspired by movement and dance. Many unseen sculptures from the Ipswich collection will be displayed alongside Rodin’s work.

THE BODY

Discover depictions of the body in its natural state and in movement, through sculptures and life drawings from the Ipswich collection, including works by Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner, Ellen Mary Rope, Henry Moore, Maggi Hambling and Elisabeth Frink. On display together for the first time will be life drawings by John Constable, while artefacts from our World Cultures collection will show how bodies have been depicted across the world.

Brown and bronze sculpture of a parrots head with line engravings
Black sculpture of man wearing a hat
black sculpture of housemaid
black sculpture of a male head looking up

AUGUSTE RODIN

A French sculptor born in Paris in 1840. Relatively unknown at first, his reputation grew and he became a significant sculptor of the era, and is considered by many to be the originator of modern sculpture.

RODIN’S WORKS OF ART

Among his most famous works are ‘The Age of Bronze’, The Kiss’, ‘The Thinker’ and ‘The Burghers of Calais’. ‘The Kiss’ and ‘The Thinker’ both originate from ‘The Gates of Hell’, a monumental piece commissioned to be the entrance for a Decorative Arts Museum, which was never built. Rodin took many of the figures included in ‘The Gates of Hell’ and made them into works of art of their own.

The iconic ‘The Kiss’ is included in this exhibition, along with a bronze maquette of Pierre De Wissant, one of the figures from ‘The Burghers of Calais’.

CHRISTCHURCH MANSION

Situated in the stunning surroundings of Christchurch Park, this Tudor mansion boasts 500 years of history and is one of Suffolk’s most treasured buildings. The Mansion was built on the site of the Holy Trinity Priory in the 16th Century and passed through many hands over the years.

In 1894 Felix Cobbold presented it to the town, and you now have the opportunity to explore this magnificent building.

Christchurch Mansion is part of Ipswich Museums, which also looks after Ipswich Museum and Ipswich Art Gallery.

Acknowledgements

Arts Council

Art Fund

Tate

Fitzwilliam

Red House

M F Frames

Quay Place

Unscene Suffolk

DanceEast

Norfolk Museums Service

East Anglian Traditional Art Centre

Friends of Ipswich Museums

With special thanks to Tate, Norfolk Museums Service, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Red House Museum, East Anglia Art Fund and Day Collection for loaning items for display.

Visiting the Exhibition

ADDRESS

Christchurch Mansion

Soane Street

Ipswich IP42BE

DATES

24 November 2018 - 28 April 2019

exhibition hours

Tue - Sat: 10am - 4pm

Sun: 11am - 4pm

 

Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion

Visiting the Exhibition

ADDRESS

Christchurch Mansion

Soane Street

Ipswich IP42BE

DATES

24 November 2018 - 28 April 2019

exhibition hours

Tue - Sat: 10am - 4pm

Sun: 11am - 4pm

 

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