I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life. Dr.Seuss

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Thinker Thinks Again

Rodin’s The Thinker, along with six other bronze statues, was stolen from the sculpture garden of Singer Laren, The Netherlands on January 17, 2007. (The thieves have stolen the statues because of the high price of bronze!!) A few days later was the statue found. With brutal cuts in the head and one of the upper arms, plus a piece of leg disappeared, The Thinker was heavily damaged. They tried to cut the statue into the smaller (and not recognizable) salable pieces......

Today I visited exhibition "The Thinker Thinks Again" dedicated to process of restoration of the Thinker, in Singer Museum, Laren, The Netherlands. It proved to be a dramatic difficult operation, which took one and half year. A very impressive exhibition showing the long and complicated restoration step by step.

(please excuse the poor photo quality, taken with mobile phone) 

More info (in english) here and www.rodindedenker.nl 


  1. I can't believe they stole it for the scrap metal! That's unbelievable!! What also makes me really sad is, too see that a lot of artifacts have been stolen from the museum in Cairo, not only do they steal things, they also destroy a lot. I really don't get it.

  2. Me neither! One and a half year to restore what already was...
    I'm glad he thinks again!

  3. yes, it is very sad. Some people are able to do anything for money...in this case was the scrap price about 350 € !!

  4. Heisann!

    I use to let my students see the film 'Camille Claudel' It's a good lesson in Rodin's art and life!
    Interesting what you tell about the restoration.
    What are thieves thinking of? Stealing our culture heritage? The same happened i Kairo!
    Well, I can't exchange thoughts with a criminal!

    Yes, this is the sunrise view from the bathroom window upstairs!!!

    Ha e nice day tomorrow ;:OD)

  5. im with Eva (hello, Eva), still cant get it!

  6. @Vilt og vakkert : with Isabelle Adjani as Camille Claudel .... yes, I know, nice movie.
    This morning I heard on radio about a Cairo boy who's found on Tahrir Square a small statue from the museum which was stolen. And somebody recognized as valuable object and he brought it back to the museum. At least something is saved. Luckily there are still honest people around ....
    @ Sympathy for The Devil: I think majority of people can not understand it.