In connection with Moderna Museet’s exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Combines (2007), a research project was initiated on the artist, his works and his long relationship to Moderna Museet. Robert Rauschenberg has participated in some of the Museum’s most noteworthy exhibitions and events, including Movement in Art (1961), 4 Americans (1962), Five New York Evenings (8–14 September, 1964), Inner and Outer Space (1965), and The New York Collection for Stockholm (1973). Rauschenberg’s work Monogram (1955-59) is often highlighted as one of the Museum’s key works. Since 2004, Moderna Museet has a logo based on Rauschenberg’s handwriting. In other words, Rauschenberg has a central position in the Museum’s history, and his oeuvre was seminal in redefining and expanding the concept of art in the 1950s and 60s, a period that coincided with the early days of Moderna Museet.
The exhibition was preceded by a series of seminars for some of Moderna Museet’s curators and scholars in the field, to discuss Rauschenberg’s work from a variety of angles. In connection with the exhibition, an international symposium was held where international scholars and curators were invited to discuss Robert Rauschenberg with Swedish curators and scholars. The symposium and seminar series focused on the relationship between Rauschenberg and the Museum, and thus also dealt with post-war art and the modern art museum. Several of the talks were edited and published in a theme issue of Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History (Häfte 1–2, 2007).
Seminar series on Robert Rauschenberg
International symposium: Robert Rauschenberg
Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History – Rauschenberg and Sweden, issue 1–2, 2007