By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a brief closure for a full-scale reinstallation, the Philadelphia Rodin Museum has reopened on the Ben Franklin Parkway.READ MORE: Student Shoots Himself In Leg Inside West Philadelphia School With Metal Detectors, Police Say
The Rodin Museum closed its doors for a month to refresh the exhibit, but that project is now complete.
“We’re really excited to show this new group of works that embody the artist’s realist spirit,” says Joy Deibert, press officer for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “offering a broader understanding to his contribution to the formation of modern art.”
Deibert says among the works now on view are portraits of some of Rodin’s famous contemporaries like Pope Benedict XV and Victor Hugo.
“The focus of this new reinstallation is to demonstrate Rodin’s achievements in portraiture. So you will see Pope Benedict XV, Joseph Pulitzer, Victor Hugo.”READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed Inside West Philadelphia Corner Store, Police Say
Deibert says the rejuvenated exhibit is a wonderful representation of what Rodin’s life was like while living and working in Paris.
“He certainly interacted with some famous, popular figure heads,” he says.
Of course, many of the favorites remain in the museum, like duplicate sculptures of ‘The Thinker’ and ‘The Kiss.’
“I can only imagine with Valentine’s Day coming up that people will want to come and propose,” Deibert says, “or spend an evening walking around with their sweetheart.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia High School Works To Return Native American Remains
The Rodin museum holds the largest collection of this artist’s work here in America.