Festival Rodin features sculptor's work

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Festival Rodin, expected to be one of the largest visitor draws for the arts in North Carolina, is about to get under way.

Festival Rodin is a 17-week celebration of arts and culture in the Research Triangle area to mark the exhibition of "Rodin Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection and Additional Works" at the North Carolina Museum of Art, April 16 to Aug. 13.

This is the largest Rodin exhibition ever in the Southeast and the most comprehensive treatment of the sculptor's work in the U.S. in two decades, according to museum officials.

It offers the opportunity to see works such as "The Kiss," "The Thinker" and "The Hand of God."

Cynthia Dopko, the museum's tour coordinator, said that exhibit tickets for 10 or more persons cost $5.50 per day (vs. $7.50 general admission) and include a guided tour only for groups with reservations for 9 a.m. or 3 p.m. Tours in April and May are booked solid.

Otherwise, groups pay the same price, but take a self-guided tour. A reservation for daily admission is necessary for all individuals and groups.

For individuals, Festival Rodin is tied in with a Super Pass that includes discounts for museums, 11 performing arts venues and shopping savings. The pass, developed by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, is valid throughout the 17-week celebration.

Museum participants are the North Carolina Museum of Art; Exploris; the new North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' "In the Dark" exhibition in Raleigh, and the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

Super Pass holders also get 10% off at select performing arts venues and museum shops.

The Festival Rodin Super Pass costs $15 for those 12 years of age and older; $5 for ages 4 to 11.

Regular admission to the four museums alone exceeds $25.

Festival Rodin
Phone: (877) NC-RODIN.
Web: www.festivalrodin.com

Greater Raleigh CVB
Phone: (800) 849-8499

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