Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture

24/11/2018 - 28/04/2019

Christchurch Mansion


Suitable for Everyone

Arts and Craft, History

About this Exhibition

There is a story behind every kiss…

This winter, join us in Ipswich for what will be East Anglia’s once in a lifetime exhibition. Discover the tale behind the lovers in Auguste Rodin’s life-size marble sculpture The Kiss and the work of literature that inspired it. This monumental artwork, on loan from the Tate, is a significant piece in the history of sculpture.

Several of Rodin’s sculptures on loan from the Tate and East Anglian museums and galleries will be displayed in this major exhibition, including portrait sculptures of French novelist Honoré de Balzac and two more of Rodin’s sculptures inspired by movement and dance.

Discover depictions of the body in its natural state and in movement, through sculptures and life drawings from the Ipswich collection, including works by Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner, Ellen Mary Rope, Maggi Hambling and Elisabeth Frink. On display together for the first time will be life drawings by John Constable, while artefacts from our World Cultures collection will show how bodies have been depicted across the world.

Explore the halls and galleries of Christchurch Mansion to uncover one of the most enduring themes in art – the human figure.

Audio Tour

An audio description of the exhibition has been produced for those who are blind or partially sighted. It has been provided by Louise Fryer and Andrew Holland, funded by ArtUK Sculpture Around You, and made possible by a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


This event is free to all.

How to Book

No need to book, simply drop in.