Rodin’s The Kiss unveiling delayed

A man views 'The Kiss' by French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Picture: Getty
A man views 'The Kiss' by French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Picture: Getty
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ART lovers have been left dis­appointed after Rodin’s famous sculpture The Kiss did not go
on display at the National Galleries of Scotland this weekend as billed.

The life-sized marble sculpture which is coming to Edinburgh on a year-long loan from Tate Britain, was due to be unveiled to the Scottish public on Saturday.

Visitors to the gallery yesterday were initially told the wrong date had been publicised. However, a gallery representative confirmed for The Scotsman it had been planned to put it on display on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the
gallery did not give a precise reason for the delay. However, one source suggested the stand it was based on was too large to fit through the gallery door and it had been sent to London to be fitted with a new one.

The spokeswoman said “The Kiss by Rodin will be arriving at the Scottish National Gallery for display later this month. We are sorry for the delay, and we will announce the exact details of its arrival in due course.

“Moving large and important works of art requires incredibly intricate planning, with a range of important conservation and logistical elements being taken into consideration. We will confirm the exact date of the arrival of the sculpture as soon as we are able to do so, but are confident it will be installed this month.”

The National Galleries website is now advertising that the scuplture will go on display on
2 March.

The Kiss is one of three marble versions made during the artist’s lifetime. The second, made in 1904, is coming to Edinburgh.