SFMoMA Museum of Modern Art

Robert Rauschenberg

18 Nov 2017 - 25 Mar 2018

Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955
collection SFMOMA, gift Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Robert Rauschenberg, Monogram, 1955–59
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, purchase 1965 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Peter Moore, Photo of Rauschenberg performing his piece Pelican (1963), First New York Theater Rally, 1965
© Barbara Moore / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Robert Rauschenberg, Persimmon, 1964
private collection
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Robert Rauschenberg, Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)], 1998
collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Erasing the Rules
18 November 2017 – 25 March 2018

From the 1940s until his passing in 2008, Rauschenberg worked with everything from photography to items scavenged from New York City streets to vats of bubbling mud. More than 150 of Rauschenberg’s artworks, including prints, sculptures, paintings, and Combines (works that incorporate painting and sculpture), will be on view in the retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, celebrating the artist’s continual experimentation with materials and collaborative working processes. The exhibition demonstrates how, with razor-sharp humor and intelligence, Rauschenberg broke down boundaries between disciplines, anticipated many of the defining cultural and social issues of our time, and redefined what art could be for the generations of artists who followed.

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