News Release
An Intimate Dialogue: Rodin in Love:
The Dr. Coleman A. Mopper Memorial Lecture at the DIA

October 4, 2005 (Detroit)—Marie Cheffer, sister; Rose Beuret, mistress and wife; Camille Claudel, lover and colleague—these women influenced the life and extraordinary art of famed sculptor Auguste Rodin.  Their personal and professional relationships with Rodin are the topic of this year’s annual Dr. Coleman A. Mopper Memorial Lecture at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. Ruth Butler, world-renowned Rodin expert, professor emeriti at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and author of the book “Rodin: The Shape of Genius,” presents a compelling perspective on Rodin’s work by focusing on the women who influenced his career, creativity and life. Butler will also reveal her speculations regarding the end of his relationship with his mistress for over 50 years, then finally his wife, Beuret, during their time in Paris and nearby Meudon, France. This lecture is free with museum admission.

This talk celebrates the exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter on view from Oct. 9, 2005 to Feb. 5, 2006. The DIA is the only U.S. venue for a stunning exhibition that brings Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin together for the first time in America.  The exhibition features over 130 masterworks by these two leading sculptors, considered artistic geniuses in their own time, and also emphasizes the fascinating personal and artistic relationships between them, represented in more than 50 related drawings, original letters and photographs. For exhibition ticket information, call 866.342.8497.

“It is such a real pleasure to have the distinguished scholar Ruth Butler at our museum to provide insight into her new studies of Auguste Rodin’s fabled life,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director.  “We are ever grateful to Mrs. Mopper for assuming the support needed for the DIA to bring in such prominent speakers year after year.”

The Dr. Coleman A. Mopper Memorial Lecture was established in 1997 in honor of Dr. Coleman Mopper, a devoted and generous patron of the DIA and founding member of the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. As an active collectors of European sculpture, paintings and decorative arts, the Moppers have given numerous works to the DIA. Dr. and Mrs. Mopper were recognized with the first Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the DIA Founders Society in 1996.

Hours and Admission

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is a donation. We recommend $6 for adults and $3 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range and depth.

The DIA is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.

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