Auguste Rodin

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Date: 1840 - 1917

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Sculpture


Artist: August Rodin

Confronting Bodies: The directors of art museum at Brigham Young University in Utah

Dates of Action: 1997

Location: The art museum at Brigham Young University, Utah

Description of Artwork: The Kiss, Saint John the Baptist Preaching, The Prodigal Son, and Monument to Balzac -four nude or semi-nude seminal sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), the great French sculptor of the XIX century.

The Incident: The works were considered offensive to community morals and religious views by directors of the church-sponsored art museum at Brigham Young University in Utah. Curator of the traveling exhibit, Rachael Blackburn, reportedly has said that the university officials were troubled by the poses and presentations.

Results of Incident: The four sculptures were pulled from the travelling exhibition or Rodin's work.

Source: NCAC