Rodin to the Twentieth Century: Continuity and Discontinuity

25 February 2020 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

CIMA is pleased to welcome Catherine Chevillot, General Heritage Curator and Director of the Musée Rodin, for a special talk on Marino Marini and the legacy of Rodin in the Twentieth century.

Since the beginning of 1900, Rodin has been considered an artist who profoundly changed the course of the history of sculpture. Some people saw him as the first artist of the Twentieth century, others – among them in particular young artists – were profoundly opposed to his way and style in the name of Modernity. Beyond these oppositions, the lecture will attempt to explain what in the work of Rodin fascinated young sculptors like Marino Marini, and how, at the same time, they were marked by his innovations and tried to develop their own vision.


Heritage Curator since 1987, Catherine Chevillot has successively held the positions of Deputy Director of the Musée de Grenoble (1988–1990), curator at the Musée d’Orsay (sculptures section, 1990–1996), Head of the Sculpture department at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (1999–2003), Head of Research at the Musée d’Orsay (2003–2008) and Chief Curator at the Musée d’Orsay for Sculpture (2008–2012). She has been running the Musée Rodin since 2012 and oversaw an extensive renovation campaign at the Hôtel Biron, where the museum’s collections are presented. The building reopened to the public on 12 November 2015. Chevillot is also Member of the Scientific Council at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Acting chairman for the High Council of the Musées de France. Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2015.

Catherine Chevillot is a specialist in 19th and 20th century sculpture, and has produced numerous exhibitions in this field such as Emmanuel Fremiet, la main et le multiple (Dijon and Grenoble museums, 1988), Denys Puech (Musée de Rodez, 1992), François Pompon (1994, in collaboration with Liliane Colas and Anne Pingeot), Auguste Préault (1997, in collaboration), Oublier Rodin (Paris, 2009). She is responsible for the Catalogue des collections du xixe siècle du musée de Grenoble (1995), the directory A nos grands hommes (database of 5,000 sculpted monuments, INHA, 2004, soon to be published online), and does the groundwork for the Catalogue des sculptures du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (in collaboration with Claire Barbillon and Stéphane Paccoud). With a PhD in art history, she defended her thesis in 2013 (Université de Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense) entitled “Paris, creuset pour la sculpture (1900–1914).