“Rodin – Sculptor of Passion” exhibition opens in Antalya


The exhibition “Rodin – The Sculptor of Passion – A Selection from the Private Collection of Erbil Arkın”, the opening of which was postponed due to technical problems, subsequently opened at Antalya Culture and Art with a reception on May 18, 2022. The exhibition, which features the works of the world-famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), known as the pioneer of modern sculpture, is open to visitors between 19 May – 31 July.

On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arkın Creative Arts and Design University (ARUCAD) and The Arkın Rodin Collection Gallery in cooperation the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is exhibiting 22 works compiled from the private collection of Cypriot businessperson Erbil Arkın.

Antalya Culture and Arts, which opened its doors with the world-famous Picasso exhibition in 2015 and hosted the works of Andy Warhol in 2016, is happy to bring together another world-renowned artist with the Rodin exhibition.


The exhibition, which is of particular importance as it is the second Rodin exhibition to come to Turkey after the exhibition titled “The Great Master of Sculpture Rodin in Istanbul” opened at the Sabancı Museum in 2006, features 22 iconic works such as The Kiss, Eternal Spring, Falling Man, and Eve.


As part of the exhibition, a talk was held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, with the participation of collector Erbil Arkın and exhibition curator Oya Silbery. Moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ebru Nalan Sülün, the discussion will focus on Rodin’s transformative identity in sculpture and on Erbil Arkın’s interest in fine arts and his passion for Rodin’s that has made him “the biggest Rodin Collector in the Eastern Mediterranean”, as well as the story of the founding of Arkın Creative Arts and Design University.

The exhibition,“ Rodin, the Sculptor of Passion – A Selection from the Private Collection of Erbil Arkın” will take the audience on a journey through ancient myths, while carrying Rodin’s deep-rooted sculptural tradition of European art from the romanticism of the 19th century to the great artistic adventure of the 20th century and the modern age. It can be visited until July 2022.


Antalya Culture and Arts is open Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00, on Thursdays from 13:00 to 21:00 and on Sunday from 13:00 to 19:00.

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