NEW YORK, NY.- The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
today announced that six major museums across the United States have acquired nine works by artist Robert Rauschenberg (19252008) through the foundations Gift/Purchase Program.
This one-time program was designed to expand public access to and awareness of the artists work by offering museums a rare opportunity to acquire artworks from the foundations holdings through equal parts gift and purchase.
When Rauschenbergs work transferred to the foundation, we committed ourselves to ensuring the broadest access possible to his art by helping to place works in museum collections, said Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. These pieces represent the strength of Rauschenbergs work in the 1970s and 1980s and further his legacy of artistic innovation. We could not be more pleased to have them acquired by some of Americas finest institutions.
The six institutions that have acquired the artworks are:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Bande de Sureté / Twin City / Nipples (Cardboard), 1971
Vow (Jammer), 1976
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Park / ROCI MEXICO, 1985
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Nabisco Shredded Wheat (Cardboard), 1971
Gull (Jammer), 1976
Stop Side Early Winter Glut, 1987
The New Orleans Museum of Art Melic Meeting (Spread), 1979
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rosalie / Red Cheek / Temporary Letter / Stock (Cardboard), 1971
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Untitled (Venetian), 1971
The artworks acquired include key examples of some of Rauschenbergs most important series: Cardboards, Venetians, Jammers, Spreads, Gluts, and ROCI works. Created across two decades, these works exemplify the diversity of the artists materials and activities.
Cardboards investigate the aesthetic potential of a mundane material.
Venetians are a sculptural series evoking the atmosphere of the Italian city.
Jammers, inspired by a trip to India, celebrate the sensual qualities of fabric.
Spreads combine printed imagery and found objects in large-scale tableaux.
Gluts address the socioeconomic circumstances underlying the detritus used as sculptural material.
Rauschenberg's humanitarian project ROCI (Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange) traveled to eleven countries from 1984 to 1991 to promote world peace through artistic dialogue with local cultures.
Images of the artworks purchased by the participating institutions are available on the Robert Rauschenberg Foundations website (www.rauschenbergfoundation.org).
Having worked with Rauschenberg and his art for more than thirty years, said David White, senior curator for the foundation, it is enormously gratifying that these six museums selected such representative works for their collections. An entirely new generation of museum visitors will have the opportunity to experience the breadth of Rauschenbergs work as I have.
In addition to the Gift/Purchase Program, in 2013 the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has lent artworks to forty-six museums and exhibitions around the world; initiated a Loan Bank pilot program with two university museums that connect painting, sculpture, and performance-based artworks with curricula development; and donated more than a hundred works by other artists from Rauschenbergs personal art collection to leading museums and cultural centers, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Walker Art Center, the National Gallery of Art, and the New York Public Library for Performing Arts.