Yoga at Museum: Appreciating Rodin’s The Thinker in a Fun Way

Are you a yoga enthusiast? You have probably tried doing yoga in different locations, such as gym rooms, on the meadow or next to a swimming pool. Chimei Museum takes it to the next level by organizing an activity called "Yoga at the Museum", inviting visitors to do yoga next to Rodin’s The Thinker in the sculpture hall. What makes it even better? It comes along with healthy vegetable confit sandwichs as brunch.

Auguste Rodin was best known for his works which modelled the human body with realism. Participants of “Yoga at the Museum” will be surrounded by great works by the master. Stretching out their bodies, participants can feel the strength echoing the power embodied in Rodin’s sculptures.

The activity will start with some basic warm-ups and sun salutation, followed by a series of stretching postures. It takes place in the sculpture hall, where sculptures in the room are lit by natural lighting as rays of sunlight entering the room.

Those who have no prior experience in doing yoga are also welcome to join this activity. The museum has invited a professional yoga tutor Linda, the founder of Sense Yoga. She is accredited by Yoga Alliance in the US. Under the instructions by the tutor, even new starters can also enjoy the class.

Yoga Tutor Linda

 “Yoga at the Museum” is an activity to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rodin’s death. The museum has a series of activities lined up for celebration. For example, visitors can have fun taking photos with the 3D paintings on the floor in the Muse Plaza.

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a prominent French sculptor. He was inspired by the works of Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) during his trip to Italy.

The Thinker was initially a figure in a large commission, begun in 1880, for a doorway surround called The Gates of Hell. Rodin based this on The Divine Comedy of Dante, and most of the many figures in the work represented the main characters in the epic poem. There are about 28 full-size castings of The Thinker around the world, where Taiwan has housed three of them, one in Chimei Museum.


"Yoga at the Museum"

Date: 2017/10/28 (Sat)
         Sign in: 7:00am - 7:20am
         Yoga lesson: 7:30am - 9:00am (1.5 hours)
Venue: Sculpture Hall, 1F, Permanent Exhibition
Target participants: people above 12 years old (participants need to bring their own yoga mats. Participants without prior yoga experience are also welcome)
Quota: 60
Fee: NT$580/person
The package includes the lesson, voucher for one set of brunch and a ticket to permanent exhibitions. (Voucher and ticket are only valid on that day of the activity)


Chimei Museum

Opening hours: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm (closed on Wednesdays)
Address: No. 66, Sec. 2, Wenhua Rd., Rende Dist., Tainan City 71755, Taiwan
Tickets for both exhibitions|NT$300 (Permanent and temporary exhibitions)
General|NT$200 (Permanent exhibitions only)
Discount|NT$150 (Students from age 7 to 22, and senior citizens aged 65 and above. Available for Taiwanese only)
Free Admission|Tainan residents (with a valid ID), children aged 6 and under, persons with a valid handicap certificate and one companion visiting together, and students holding Tainan City Student ID, and tour guides holding identification passes issued by Tourism Bureau, M.O.T.C. Republic of China, Taiwan.
Free Admission|Outdoor Area
(Valid identification required in order to enjoy any discounts)
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