1925–2008

A native Texan, Robert Rauschenberg served in the U.S. Navy before studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Academie Julian in Paris, and Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1949 he moved to New York City and challenged the status quo with his Combines. Rauschenberg continued to break the mold throughout his career.
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Photo: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust

Oral History

The Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, undertaken in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, is a collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist's family, friends, and many collaborators. To date, we have released 17 oral histories to the public, including the most recent interviews with Agnes Gund and Calvin Tomkins. 
Read their accounts >

Leo Castelli, Agnes Gund, and Rauschenberg on the occasion of Castelli's gift of Rauschenberg's Bed (1955) to the Museum of Modern Art, New York

ART IN CONTEXT

Explore artworks from Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) examined within the scope of the artist's work and life and within a broader art-historical and historical context. 

Caryatid Cavalcade / ROCI CHILE, 1985

COLLECTIONS

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives contain the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career. This rich resource includes the artist’s personal writings, sketches, correspondence, and audiovisual material, as well as documentary photographs and records from his collaborators.
Explore the Archives >

“Note on Painting,” October 31–November 2, 1963

OVERVIEW

Rauschenberg was known for his incredible spirit of generosity and passion for social causes. Today we carry his philanthropic legacy forward by investing in organizations and individuals effecting positive change in art, social justice, climate change,
and education.
Read about our Grants program >

2016 Artist as Activist Fellows

Rauschenberg Archives On View

Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography brings together 26 original works of art with 56 archival objects primarily on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The exhibition will be on view at WCMA from March 17 through August 20, 2017.
Read more >

Photo: Courtesy Williams College Museum of Art

Rauschenberg

1925–2008

A native Texan, Robert Rauschenberg served in the U.S. Navy before studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Academie Julian in Paris, and Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1949 he moved to New York City and challenged the status quo with his Combines. Rauschenberg continued to break the mold throughout his career.
Learn more about the artist > 

Photo: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust

Oral History

The Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, undertaken in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, is a collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist's family, friends, and many collaborators. To date, we have released 17 oral histories to the public, including the most recent interviews with Agnes Gund and Calvin Tomkins. 
Read their accounts >

Leo Castelli, Agnes Gund, and Rauschenberg on the occasion of Castelli's gift of Rauschenberg's Bed (1955) to the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Artwork

Highlights

Rauschenberg was known for his innovative approach and his experimental use of unconventional art materials.  He moved seamlessly between painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, photography, sculpture, and installation, developing an artistic practice that defies categorization. 
See highlights of his work > 

Yellow Ranch (Rancho Amarillo) / ROCI CUBA, 1988 (detail)

ART IN CONTEXT

Explore artworks from Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) examined within the scope of the artist's work and life and within a broader art-historical and historical context. 

Caryatid Cavalcade / ROCI CHILE, 1985

Archives

COLLECTIONS

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives contain the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career. This rich resource includes the artist’s personal writings, sketches, correspondence, and audiovisual material, as well as documentary photographs and records from his collaborators.
Explore the Archives >

“Note on Painting,” October 31–November 2, 1963

VISION AND MISSION

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was founded by the artist in 1990, and transitioned to its current mission in 2010 – to foster the artistic and philanthropic legacy of Robert Rauschenberg. Through scholarship, grants, and a residency program, the Foundation furthers Rauschenberg's belief that art can change the world.

A group gathers in the Chapel at Rauschenberg's former home and studio to discuss art and activism
RauschenbergGrants_2016Fellows

OVERVIEW

Rauschenberg was known for his incredible spirit of generosity and passion for social causes. Today we carry his philanthropic legacy forward by investing in organizations and individuals effecting positive change in art, social justice, climate change,
and education.
Read about our Grants program >

2016 Artist as Activist Fellows

CAPTIVA LEGACY

Established in 2012, our artist residency program fosters artistic experimentation, collaboration, and development in the very place where Rauschenberg lived and worked for nearly 40 years on Captiva Island, Florida. 
Learn about the Residency and the history of Rauschenberg's Captiva >

Residency 23 artists in residence in the Main Studio

PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH

Join 2015 Artist as Activist fellow Peoples Collective Arts and 50 other organizations on the Peoples Climate March in Washington D.C.
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Art Build for the People’s Climate Movement Day of Action, 2015. Photo: Courtesy People's Collective Arts // Colectivo de Arte Popular

Rauschenberg Archives On View

Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography brings together 26 original works of art with 56 archival objects primarily on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The exhibition will be on view at WCMA from March 17 through August 20, 2017.
Read more >

Photo: Courtesy Williams College Museum of Art