Kiss and Tell – Rodin in Ipswich

May 2, 2019

In just five months 33, 500 people have visited the Kiss and Tell exhibition featuring the Kiss by Rodin making it the most successful exhibition ever held in Ipswich.

The Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion has played host to the nation’s favourite work of art since November last year. The famous sculpture had been on loan from the Tate Gallery.

A thousand visitors came over the last weekend in April. There was a 300% increase in footfall compared to the same time last year. The Kiss was one of three versions of the sculpture made by Rodin, dating from the early twentieth century. The iconic lovers depicted in marble were inspired by Dante’s Inferno from the Divine Comedy. It was the centrepiece of the exhibition, Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk.

Other artists featured in the gallery included Picasso, Maggi Hambling and life drawings from Constable. The exhibition’s aim was to depict the body in its natural state and in movement.

The exhibition was popular with a wide range of visitors including a toddler take over and a 60-strong group from British Naturism.

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