Kiss & Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture

A once in a lifetime exhibition. 

Auguste Rodin’s iconic life size marble sculpture, The Kiss, will be coming to Ipswich later this year on loan from the Tate collection. The 19th century artwork is a significant piece in the history of sculpture.

Discover the tale behind the lovers in Auguste Rodin’s iconic 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, Henry Moore, 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.

Don’t miss your chance to see this iconic masterpiece outside of London.

Christchurch Mansion Opening Times

Tuesday-Saturday:  10am-4pm
Sunday:  11am-4pm

Tuesday-Saturday:  10am-5pm
Sunday:  11am-5pm


Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE


24/11/2018 - 28/04/2019