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Part III: Cleveland Museum of Art – Rodin Sculptures & Modern Art

We were in Cleveland on behalf of Positively Cleveland.

This is a photo intensive post. Click on images below to open a new window for easier viewing.

Our final leg of our amazing tour was in the east galleries to check out the Rodin Exhibit and more modern pieces of art. Click here to see first and second parts of our visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The Cleveland Museum of Art owns more than 30 of Auguste Rodin’s masterpieces, and works that were acquired directly from him during his life. A little history on Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) who is widely considered one of the founders of modern and expressive arts. He took on qualities of earlier sculptors such as Michelangelo, by presenting the human body in expressing emotion through muscle. He said the sculptor must learn to reproduce the surface, which means all that vibrates on the surface, soul, love, passion, life. Sculpture is thus the art of hollows and mounds, not of smoothness, or even polished planes.


We then made our way to check out European art from the 1800-1900’s along with more modern European art works and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pieces and paintings.


Our final viewing was of Modern and Contemporary Art from 1945 to the present along with Modern American Art. The American art was very American. It included pieces that are iconic to all Americans and many in the world including a work of Marilyn Monroe to a huge replica of a tube of toothpaste. There were other works which were so modern; one looked like someone made it by things off the street in less than 30 minutes and another was a picture of, Nothing? I was very intrigued by the work of blankness that I had to really read into it.


This concluded our trip to the free Cleveland Museum of Art. It was great and something I would recommend to anyone, visiting or living there, to stop in once in a while just to enjoy a treasure that many cities cannot offer. Do not forget to leave a donation.



  1. Del on March 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    We did, had to do it quick, but we had a good time. Killed Kristin with the walking. Check out the musuems in University Circle, they are great museums and have a lot to offer. I was the most impressed with the Art Museum thought, and it is FREE.

  2. Naomi on March 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I would love to visit. Bob went to art school in Columbus but I’ve never spent any time in Ohio. It sounds like you guys got to experience a lot of different stuff while you were there!