Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Rauschenberg working on a solvent transfer drawing in his Front Street studio, New York, 1958. Work in background is Untitled (1955). Photo by Jasper Johns (detail)



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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Robert Rauschenberg working on his portrayal of the Discovery space shuttle launch, Cape Canaveral, FL, United States, August 1984. Photo: Theo Westenberger

Rauschenberg Foundation Selects Firm to Conduct the Search for New Executive Director

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has hired Russell Reynolds Associates to lead the search for its next Executive Director.  Russell Reynolds is one of the leading executive search firms for arts-related institutions, including artist foundations, museums, and related non-profits.
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Installation view of “Testimony (Japanese Claywork)” (1985), Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Marais, June 2023

Installation view of "Testimony (Japanese Claywork)" (1985), Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Marais, June 2023

Robert Rauschenberg: Japanese Clayworks at Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Marais, June 6–July 29, 2023

Rarely seen works from a formative series to be exhibited at Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Marais in collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
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Installation view of "Copperhead-Bite IX / ROCI CHILE," "Copperhead-Bite V / ROCI CHILE," "Copperhead-Bite IV / ROCI CHILE," and "Copperhead-Bite XII / ROCI CHILE" (all 1985) at Thaddaeus Ropac, London, May 2023.

Installation view of Copperhead-Bite IX / ROCI CHILE, Copperhead-Bite V / ROCI CHILE, Copperhead-Bite IV / ROCI CHILE, and Copperhead-Bite XII / ROCI CHILE (all 1985) at Thaddaeus Ropac, London, May 2023. 

Alchemy at Thaddaeus Ropac London, May 26–July 29, 2023

Bringing together major works by some of the most influential European and American artists of the post-war and contemporary periods, Alchemy examines the enduring fascination with material transformation and alchemical thinking in artmaking.
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Art & Archives

Working in a wide range of materials, techniques, and disciplines, Rauschenberg is celebrated as a forerunner for nearly every art movement since Abstract Expressionism. Become acquainted with Rauschenberg's art and life through highlights from his career and the Foundation's archives.

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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 thirty-three oral histories to the public.

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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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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation supports programs for artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same innovative, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation hosts residencies at the Foundation’s New York headquarters and at the artist’s former Captiva, Florida home and studio. These residencies are designed to provide time and space for research and artistic experimentation across the disciplines.

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Mission and Vision

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was founded by the artist in 1990, and transitioned to its current mission in 2012 – to foster the artistic and philanthropic legacy of Robert Rauschenberg through scholarship, grants, and a residency program.