The Thinker

July 16, 2016


Location:  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO


Owner:  KCMO Parks & Rec


Artist:  Auguste Rodin


Installed:  1951


Restored & Relocated:  1960


Medium:  Bronze



This famous sculpture was a gift to the City of Kansas City, Missouri from Grant and Mathilde Rosenzweig.  They contributed $60,000 to the City on 1948 to a committee who made the selection.  He sits on the south lawn watching over the sculpture garden at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


This sculpture is actually owned by the City of Kansas City and not Nelson-Atkins, despite it being on the south lawn of Nelson-Atkins.  What is now the south lawn and the sculpture garden of Nelson-Atkins was once owned by the City and this is where The Thinker was placed.  Eventually, the City donated that land to the museum and so we now have a City-owned sculpture as part of the museum grounds.










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