Pose and Variations

Sculpture in Paris in the age of Rodin

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Two collectors from the same era with a common passion: the collections of French sculpture assembled by Calouste Gulbenkian and Carl Jacobsen are shown together for the first time in a touring exhibition that opens at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, before travelling to the Copenhagen Glyptotek.

Although Calouste Gulbenkian’s sculpture collection is smaller, the works that the collector acquired over his lifetime reveal surprising connections with the Danish works. The convergences between the two collections are evident not only in the sculptors represented, but also in the themes and in the sculptures themselves – on more than one occasion, we find different versions of the same work with variations of scale or material.

These interesting coincidences form the basis of this innovative exhibition, which arranges a selection of thirty timeless works into groups according to the poses of the figures. Some of the artists who helped define the nineteenth century in France, such as Rodin, Carpeaux and Dalou, are central figures in the five key themes that make up the different sections of this exhibition.

Curators: Luísa Sampaio and Rune Frederiksen


Discover some of the works of the exhibition in 360º.

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Sculptures 360º


The unposed





Complementary Programs

Talk with the curators Luísa Sampaio and Rune Frederiksen
Friday, 26 October, 17:00

Talk with the curator Luísa Sampaio
Wednesday, 21 November, 15:00

Talk with Julião Sarmento and Rui Sanches
Friday, 30 November, 17:00
Moderated by Penelope Curtis

Talk with Penelope Curtis, Amélie Simier, François Blanchetière and Arie Hartog
Friday, 25 January, 17:00

Guided tours
Saturdays, 15 December, 19 January, 15:00
Wednesday, 9 January, 13:30

Rodin era o ídolo da juventude escolar
Wednesday, 5 December, 18:00
With Lúcia Matos

Formas de Dizer
Sundays, 16 December and 20 January, 15:00
With students from the Dance course held by the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (UL)

Guided tours in Portuguese, English or French
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