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N.C. Museum Of Art To House Major Rodin Collection

Posted November 9, 2005 7:47 a.m. EST

— The North Carolina Museum of Art received 23 works of art by Auguste Rodin from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation on Wednesday.

"We are fortunate that North Carolina has now joined the prestigious group of museums to house some of Rodin's finest work," said Gov. Mike Easley. "Iris Cantor's generous gift will open a new world of opportunities and experiences for museum visitors and students alike."

The works will be displayed in new galleries, which will be part of a planned $75 million expansion that should be completed by 2008.

The museum drew a record number of visitors with the Rodin exhibit in 2000. Plus, it was the largest Rodin exhibition ever presented in the Southeast.

"I have never forgotten the overwhelming response that greeted our first Rodin exhibition here five years ago, and I know that the same enthusiasm will ensure that the great sculptor's works are always appreciated here."

The museum will also create a Rodin study center and name a Rodin gallery and adjacent garden in honor of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.