Musée Rodin in Paris Seeks a Chinese Outpost

Catherine Chevillot, the director of the Musée Rodin in Paris, went on a tour of Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Xiong’an New Area (in China’s Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Hebei provinces, respectively) earlier this month in order to find a location for a Chinese outpost of the museum, writes Naomi Rea of Artnet. China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the French Ministry of Culture, and a Chinese art collector would support the branch. 

The Musée Rodin plans on loaning more than one hundred pieces from its collection to the space over a period of six years, with the hopes that the new museum will build its own collection of the sculptor’s work. “It’s not a project where we simply loan the work and then leave,” said Chevillot. “It’s a deep cultural cooperation.”

Collector Wu Jing, a friend of Chevillot’s, will oversee the museum. She already runs her own private art museum of European art in Hangzhou. She is looking to court collectors of the artist’s work and get the French museum on her side so that the Chinese branch will be able to acquire Rodin works for its own collection.