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Figure and Modernity:

Rodin in the Collection of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo

20 Mar 2019
29 Jun 2019

From 20th March to 29th June, 2019, and for the first time outside the state capital, the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, a State of São Paulo’s Culture and Creative Economy Secretariat museum, and the CPFL Institute, present the exhibition Figura e modernidade:  Rodin no acervo da Pinacoteca de São Paulo [Figure and Modernity: Rodin in the Collection of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo], including the museum’s entire collection relating to the works and life of the French artist. Curated by Valéria Piccoli, the museums Head Curator, the collection of 10 original sculptures and 76 photographs on the life of the artist will be shown, with free entrance, at the CPFL Institute in Campinas and then in the Fórum das Artes in Botucatu, a newly-refurbished cultural space belonging to the State of São Paulo.

The Pinacoteca is the only museum in Brazil with a representative collection of Rodin’s life and works, which makes this exhibition tour especially interesting to visitors to museums and cultural centres in other cities in the state. It also reinforces the presence of the Pinacoteca outside the city of São Paulo. In the words of the Pinacoteca’s Director General, Jochen Volz, “This exhibition gives the public a unique opportunity to see works by an artist who is known as a progenitor of modern sculpture. With this exhibition, the Pinacoteca reinforces its mission to encourage the public’s direct experience of art, stimulate creativity and develop knowledge outside the museum’s headquarters in the city of São Paulo.”

Valéria Piccoli explains that the museum’s Rodin collection consists of “contemporary castings of the artist’s best-know works, made under the supervision of the Musée Rodin in France.” The Pinacoteca’s collection also includes a group of 76 photographs of the artist in his atelier with maquettes of his works, along with his friends and collectors. “These facsimiles of items in the archives of the Musée Rodin help to form a chronological picture of the artist’s life, and includes images of other artists and intellectuals who he admired and with whom he formed friendships. Some of the most interesting photographs show how Rodin used photography during the creative process of his sculptures.”

The partnership between the CPFL Institute and the Pinacoteca began in 2012, when both institutions organized the exhibition Gênese e Celebração [Genesis and Celebration], a collection of traditional African works, in the museum. In 2013, the partners went on to organize the exhibition 100 de anos Arte Paulista [100 Years of São Paulo Art] at the CPFL Institute in Campinas, with 50 works by artists active between 1912 and 2012, including works by Di Cavalcanti, Portinari, Pancetti and Tomie Ohtake.

“It is a great pleasure to work again with the Pinacoteca, a 100-year-old institution which serves as an example to CPFL Energia, in a country where such longevity is not the tradition,” says Mário Mazzilli, Director-Superintendent of the CPFL Institute.

The Pinacoteca’s relationship with the sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) began in 1995, with the exhibitions Rodin: Sculptures [Rodin’s Sculptures] and Rodin e a Fotografia [Rodin and Photography], which were organised with the collaboration of the Musée Rodin in Paris. More than 183,000 people visited the exhibitions, starting the museum’s programme of major international exhibitions.

In the same year, thanks to donations from the public, the museum acquired the work La Muse Tragique [The Tragic Muse], (1890-92). This acquisition was followed in the same year by Génie du Repos Éternel [The Spirit of Eternal Repose], (1899-1902), which was donated to the museum by the Shopping Center Iguatemi. It is the 11th authorised copy in the world (out of a total of 12) and is considered one of the artist’s most monumental works, being c. two metres tall and weighing 500 kilograms. The museum went on to acquire another eight sculptures, completing its collection in 2005. They are:  Le Baiser [The Kiss – male torso], (c. 1886), Ugolino et ses fils [torso of one of Ugolino’s sons], (1982), Bacchantes s’enlaçant [Bacchantes Embracing], (1980-1990), Étude pour la Muse nue bras coupés [Study for Naked Muse without Arms, Monument to James McNeill Whistler – Type C], (c. 1905-1906), L’Ombre [Torso of The Shade], (1880), Toilette de Vénus et Andromède [Toilette of Venus and Andromeda], (c.1890-1987), La prêtresse [The Priestess], (c.1899-1995), L’homme qui marche [The Walking Man], (1877-1990).

In 2001, the Pinacoteca organised two more exhibitions of the sculptor’s work. Auguste Rodin: esculturas e fotografias [Auguste Rodin: Sculptures and Photographs] and the spectacular A Porta do Inferno [The Gates of Hell], which together received more than 300,000 visitors. The title of the latter refers to a monumental work which is considered one of the most iconic works produced by Rodin during his life. In some way, the work reveals “the admiration of the artist for gothic architecture, the Italian Renaissance and the power which the artist gives to the human body”, according to the Head Conservator of the Museé Rodin, Antoinette Le Normand-Romain. This was the first time the work had been exhibited in Latin America. As well as The Gates of Hell, the Pinacoteca’s exhibition included 43 bronze sculptures, 25 drawings and 10 photographs.

The exhibition Figure and Modernity: Rodin in the Collection of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo will be shown at the Fórum das Artes between 3rd August and 15 December, 2019, marking the opening of the new cultural space in the interior of São Paulo State. Located in the city of Botucatu, the building will have an entire floor reserved for the Pinacoteca and will also house the city’s Itajaí Martins Museum.


The Pinacoteca’s Education Department has developed various self-access educational resources to stimulate the participation of visitors of all ages and to help them create new relationships with the works. There will also be training workshops for teachers in the two cities. Exhibition Monitors will be available to help visitors and group visits can be scheduled by the e-mail monitoriainstitutocpfl@gmail.com or by telephoning 19 3757 8000.


The Pinacoteca de São Paulo is a visual arts museum with an emphasis on Brazilian art from the 19th century until the present. Founded in 1905 by the State of São Paulo, it is the city’s oldest art museum. Occupying the building of the old São Paulo Art School, designed at the end of the 19th century by the architect Ramos de Azevedo, the building was completely remodelled to a project by the architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha at the end of the 1990s. The original collection of the exhibition was formed by the transfer of 20 works for the University of São Paulo’s Paulista Museum, and included works by important São Paulo artists such as Almeida Júnior, Pedro Alexandrino, Antônio Parreiras and Oscar Pereira da Silva. Today, the museum’s collection includes more than 10,000 works. In 2004, the Pinacoteca expanded into the building that originally housed the warehouses and offices of the Sorocabana Railroad Company, in Largo General Osório. The building was completely renovated by architect Haron Cohen and was given the name  Estação Pinacoteca (now Pina_Estaçaõ). It host a number of the museum’s  temporary exhibitions. 


 The CPFL Institute was set up 16 years ago in Campinas to support the CPFL Group’s social and cultural program. The Institute’s mission is to bring together the company’s cultural, social, and sports programmes into one network, helping to transform the communities in the regions where the company operates through access to knowledge and ideas. Through the CPFL Circuit, the CPFL Institute organises a free programme of film sessions, concerts, fun runs and cycle tours in various cities, in addition to social programmes intended to strengthen citizenship.  The Institute is planning activities in more than 100 locations in 2019, expected to reach thousands of people directly. The CPFL Institute is also responsible for spreading knowledge through online access to its collections and real-time virtual sessions of CPFL’s Philosophy Café, a well-established programme of debates that the public can follow on YouTube, on the Institute’s website, via its app institutocpflplay, on Facebook, and on broadcast TV. An edited version of the programme is shown on Sundays at 21:00 by TV Cultura.


CPFL Energia has been operating in the electrical power sector for 106 years, generating, distributing and selling power to the public. Since 2017, the Group has been part of State Grid, a Chinese-owned public company which is the second-largest business organisation in the world and the world’s largest power company, supplying 88% of China’s needs. It also has operations in Italy, Australia, Portugal, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.

With 14% of the market, CPFL Energia is the second-largest power utility in Brazil, with c. 9.4 million clients in 679 cities in the states of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais and Paraná. It is one of the leading participants in the open market for energy, with a 14% market share in sales to the end consumer. It also leads sales of electricity between clients operating in the open energy market.

The company is the third largest private power generator in Brazil, with a portfolio based on clean and renewable sources, such as large dams, wind-power parks, biomass-powered thermal energy power stations, community hydroelectric stations (PCH) and solar power. As of the third quarter of 2018, the CPFL Group had an installed capacity of 3,283 MW.

CPFL Energia’s shares are listed on the B3 New Market and as a Level-III ADR on the New York Stock Exchange. The Group is also know as one of Brazil’s largest investors in art, culture and sport.


Figura e modernidade: Rodin no acervo da Pinacoteca de São Paulo
[Figure and Modernity: Rodin in the Collection of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo]
Curator: Valéria Piccoli
Dates and Opening Hours: 20th March to 29th June, 2019
Monday and Tuesday from 09:00 to 18:00; Wednesday to Friday from 09:00 to 19:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00

CPFL Institute:
Rua Jorge Figueiredo Corrêa, 1632, Chácara Primavera, Campinas
+55 (19) 3756-8000

Press Contacts:
CPFL: Matheus Pichonelli – mpichonelli@gmail.com / +55 11 98017 1600
Pinacoteca: Thais Gouveia – imprensa@pinacoteca.org.br / +55 11 3335-5367

Educational Service:
Accompanied group visits can be scheduled by the e-mail monitoriainstitutocpfl@gmail.com or by telephoning 19 3756-8000