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Exhibition: Hell according to Rodin

The exhibition in Barcelona

An exhibition exploring one of the great works of art of the fin de siècle period: The Gates of Hell, by Auguste Rodin.

Considered the French sculptor’s main piece of work, he worked on it for well over twenty years to create a spectacular vision of hell: a feverish, tormented, sensual evocation of the underworld. The monumental doorway, decorated with bas-relief, was inspired by the Inferno of Dante’s Divine Comedy. This exhibition presents around 100 sculptures, 30 rarely-seen drawings, and scale models, revealing the creative process of this masterwork.

It includes the sculpture The Thinker, originally placed above the door. This figure was conceived as a judge of hell, and later evolved into an image of Dante meditating on his work. Finally, in 1903, it grew to become the universal symbol of humanity lost in thought. The Kiss also appears, which Rodin would later repeat in marble. Rodin eventually omitted this sculpture from the Gates of Hell, probably because it seemed too idyllic.

General information

Oct 11, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018


Location and contact

Fundación MAPFRE Casa Garriga Nogués Exhibition Hall

Calle de la Diputació, 250
Barcelona, Catalonia

Contact details

Practical information



2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Public holidays

Does not close at midday

11:00 AM to 7:00 PM


General: €3

Reduced: €2

Children: Free admission


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