Perfect Poses?

After Lisbon, Copenhagen. A set of sculptures from the Founder’s Collection travels to Denmark for the exhibition 'Perfect Poses?', which follows 'Pose and Variations. Sculptures in Paris in the age of Rodin', the winter exhibition that took place between October and February in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Main Gallery.
View of the exhibition 'Perfect Poses?'', Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

The result of a partnership between the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, this exhibition explores the interest shared by Calouste Gulbenkian and Carl Jacobsen for 19th-century French sculpture.

Starting from an uncommon point of view, which focuses on the poses of the sculptures, this display brings together works created by important artists, such as Rodin, Carpeaux or Dalou. The human figure, a source of inspiration for sculptors since Antiquity, is at the centre of this presentation.

Among the lent sculptures are some of the works best known by the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum’s regular visitors, like Apollo, by Jean-Antoine Houdon, normally greeting our guests at the entrance of the Founder’s Collection. Other important works, such as Wounded Cupid, by Carpeaux, or Eternal Springtime, by Rodin, complement this set, which also includes lesser-known works, usually in storage, like Dalou’s Baigneuse, which is the cover of the joint catalogue that accompanies both exhibitions.

Curated by Rune Frederiksen (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek) and Luísa Sampaio (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum) Perfect Poses? will run from 1 March to 16 June 2019.