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

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.
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“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

TATE RETROSPECTIVE

Robert Rauschenberg opened on December 1, 2016 at Tate Modern, and will move to The Museum of Modern Art and SF MOMA in 2017. This is the first major exhibition of the artist's work in the UK for 35 years, and the first retrospective since his death in 2008.
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Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern, London

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

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

RAUSCHENBERG AS CHOREOGRAPHER

Rauschenberg’s explorations of avant-garde dance and performance can be traced back to his time at Black Mountain College. Learn more > 

Sound-wired tennis rackets used in Rauschenberg’s Open Score

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

Foundation

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

Grants

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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

Residency

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. 
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Residency staff assist an artist in residence in the Main Studio

News

TATE RETROSPECTIVE

Robert Rauschenberg opened on December 1, 2016 at Tate Modern, and will move to The Museum of Modern Art and SF MOMA in 2017. This is the first major exhibition of the artist's work in the UK for 35 years, and the first retrospective since his death in 2008.
Read more >

<em>Robert Rauschenberg</em> at Tate Modern, London

BBC Feature

Robert Rauschenberg – Pop Art Pioneer aired on BBC2 on December 10 in a celebration of the work and life of the artist shortly after the Rauschenberg retrospective opened to the public at Tate Modern.

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Calvin Tomkins In Robert Rauschenberg – Pop Art Pioneer

ROCI RECORDS NOW OPEN

We have just opened the The Donald Saff records on ROCI to the public.  These records contain materials documenting the conception and implementation of the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI).
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Detail of statement given by Donald Saff introducing Rauschenberg and the ROCI project at the United Nations, 1984.