Robert Rauschenberg. Travelling ’70 – ’76 / Exhibition in Munich

Haus der Kunst, München

Robert Rauschenberg
Travelling ’70 – ’76
Exhibition > 14 September 2008

The American artist Robert Rauschenberg has been integrating found objects into his works all his life – wood, material, cardboard or car tyres.

This exhibition now displays only series and works that the artist created between 1970–76, inspired by his travels through Europe, Israel and India. They show Rauschenberg’s ease and great inventiveness with which he includes his life, the inconspicuous quotidian things, into his art.

Robert Rauschenberg 1974
Photograph by Art Kane
© 2007 Haus der Kunst, München. All rights of photographed materials reserved.

In the 1950s the American artist Robert Rauschenberg (*1925) began to consider the boundaries between painting and sculpture. by integrating found objects such as light bulbs, leftover wallpaper or car tyres into his works, the ‘combine paintings’ and the free-standing ‘combines’ emerged bringing international acclaim to Rauschenberg; next to jasper johns he is regarded to be the forerunner of American pop art

From this time onwards the artist incorporates what he finds in his immediate environment – everyday objects, elements from his life: ‘everything stirs my curiosity, I like to be baffled by trivial things as well. No need for grandiose gestures or daring artistic creations. it is sufficient to be dedicated to what constantly surrounds us. The insignificant also has dignity, a secret.’ after his extraordinarily successful time in New York, Rauschenberg began his search once again for a new location and new possibilities in his artistic creativity in the 1960s. in 1970 he left New York and moved to captive island, Florida. The following years were marked by numerous trips to Europe, Israel and India, where Rauschenberg experienced new cultures and forms of expression. the exhibition ‘travelling ’70–’76’ places its emphasis on exactly those series and works that are the result of his personal travel experiences: the until now seldom seen work groups ‘cardboards’ (1971), ‘venetians’ (1972-1973), ‘early egyptians’ (1973-1974), ‘made in Israel’ (1974), ‘hoarfrosts’ (1974-1975) and ‘jammers’ (1975-1976).

These series are of an unusual plainness, freshness and precision, and were created with new materials and techniques. besides found objects such as stones, rope, wire or glass vases, Rauschenberg uses predominantly cardboard and fabric here: with the ‘cardboards’ Rauschenberg shows his disposition towards the monochrome and abstraction; the traces of wear and tear on the found cardboard boxes hint at their history and usage. in ‘hoarfrosts’ the printed and partly luminously coloured fabrics overlap and tell of disintegration and states of limbo, of veiling and transparency.
All six series between the years 1970-76 show a lightness and great creativity with which Rauschenberg incorporates his life into his work – and, therefore, the only thing that the artist fears its that ‘I might run out of world’.

Robert Rauschenberg
Mirage (Jammer), 1975
Sewn fabric
203 x 175 cm
Collection of the artist
© Robert Rauschenberg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008
Photographer unknown

Robert Rauschenberg
Volon (Cardboard), 1971
141 x 373 x 27,3 cm
Collection of the artist
© Robert Rauschenberg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008
Photograph by Ellen Labenski

Robert Rauschenberg
Sor Aqua (Venetian), 1973
Lollection the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of the Caroline Wiess Law Foundation
© Robert Rauschenberg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008
Photographer unknown

    Text © 2007 Haus der Kunst
    Images © All rights of photographed materials reserved.


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~ by Stampfli & Turci on August 20, 2008.

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