This exhibit tells how Bourdelle’s daughter devoted her life to the upkeep of his works, property and legacy.
In 1949, Rhodia Bourdelle’s apartment and studios became the Musée Bourdelle, a museum dedicated to her sculptor father Antoine, who purchased the property back in 1885. This immersive exhibit is designed to tell Rhodia’s story, from her birth in Greece in 1911 and her upbringing in Paris to her unyielding resolve to promote her father’s legacy right up until her death in 2002. Family archives, extensive documentation and a host of family-themed sketches and sculptures portray a tight-knit artistic clan bursting with love and admiration for one other. Personal details like perfume bottles and a bedside table remind the visitor that Rhodia lived here all her life out of sheer familial devotion, neglecting her own career in order to care for this marvellous inherited temple.
TRANSLATION: HUW OLIVER