For lack of visitors, the Rodin museum forced to sell the bronzes - The Point

a Victim of its unique status in the midst of a crisis of the coronavirus, the Rodin museum must build on its outstanding collection for their livelihoods. Depr

For lack of visitors, the Rodin museum forced to sell the bronzes - The Point

a Victim of its unique status in the midst of a crisis of the coronavirus, the Rodin museum must build on its outstanding collection for their livelihoods. Deprived of its visitors, this prestigious museum located on rue de Varennes, Paris, will reopen the doors of his mansion and its fabulous gardens as soon as Tuesday, July 7 at 10 o'clock in the morning. Visitors will be able to see a part of the work of Auguste Rodin, sculptures and emblematic of many of the studies valuable for those who want in-depth understanding of the creative power of the artist.

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Each year, more than half a million visitors walk up and down the corridors of the parisian museum, which also has an antenna at Meudon. But it receives no subsidy and must rely on ticketing, the sale of reproduction bronzes and a host of events to be self-funding. The inputs generate close to 3.5 million euros per year, selling 1.5 million and the privatisation 1 million.

"A loss of 3 million euros"

During the confinement and the long months of closure which it implies, the income of the ticket are logically collapsed. As revealed by the newspaper The Echoes, the museum now intends to accelerate sales, to find and rescue them. "Before the health crisis, all of our indicators were in the green. We were hoping to make a profit of $ 1.4 million this year, it will be a loss of $ 3 million, " said Catherine Chevillot, director of the museum.

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Opened two years after the death of Auguste Rodin, the museum that bears his name is also the manager of his work, particularly in regard to the original editions. To mitigate losses dizzy from the ticket office, the museum has put on sale of the original works. But no single piece will not leave his collection. Each sculpture account legally for up to twelve copies considered originals. It is on these various copies, the sale of which is rare and generally reserved for institutions, the Rodin museum wishes to move to bail out effectively the funds.

" We also have agreements with galleries of contemporary art in France, in the region to begin with, says Catherine Chevillot. We will try to London next year, and we have a room at the Gagosian in New York, to reach out to a new clientele." The offer will be increased to 40 works proposed in normal times 130. The museum also intends to appeal to the patronage while the grant application was on the table of the minister of Culture, replaced Monday by Roselyne Bachelot.

Updated Date: 06 July 2020, 23:33

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