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Museums mark 100 years since death of French artist Rodin

November 17, 2017
People gather inside the Rodin Museum Friday Nov. 17, 2017 in Philadelphia, during a ceremony marking the day of the artist's death. Museums around the world are marking 100 years since the death of French artist Auguste Rodin, including the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Museums around the world are marking 100 years since the death of French artist Auguste Rodin, including the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia.

A ceremony marking the day of the artist’s death was held Friday at the museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Those taking part tossed red roses in a reflecting pool at the museum. Other events are planned throughout the year to mark the centenary.

Rodin’s famous statue “The Thinker” stands outside the Philadelphia museum, which opened in 1929. The collection features other well-known works, including a cast of “The Burghers of Calais” and “The Monument to Honore de Balzac.” A current exhibition is organized around Philadelphia’s copy of another famed work, “The Kiss.”

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