Born in Berlin in 1943, Thomas Buehler studied graphic design and after working in the advertising industry for several years, he established his own studio before embarking on travels throughout Europe and Africa, including an extended residency in the Seychelles. Buehler met Rauschenberg during the installation of Rauschenberg: Werke 1950–1980 at the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin, in 1980. Rauschenberg later engaged Buehler for the logistical organization of the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) world tour (1985–91). At the conclusion of ROCI, Rauschenberg appointed Buehler to manage his art storage facility and to oversee his international projects. In 2005 Buehler completed the renovation of a new art storage facility to house Rauschenberg’s work. Buehler served as Senior Registrar for the Rauschenberg Foundation until his retirement in November 2016.
Excerpt from interview with Thomas Buehler by Sarah Sinclair, 2015