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Robert Rauschenberg, Monogram, 1955–59 Purchase 1965 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet. © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg / Bildupphovsrätt 2016, Stockholm/VAGA, NY.

3.5 2018

Monogram is back!

One of our favourite works is back from a long international tour. On 12 May, you can view the famous work of art Monogram by Robert Rauschenberg at the Museum in its usual place. Learn more about its history and see it outside its glass case for the first time in decades.

Saturday, 12 May, is the first day Monogram will be on display in the Museum. You are extra welcome! Throughout the weekend, there will be guided tours, family activities and a joyous reunion with one of our most popular works of art. Monogram has been on tour to Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York, and SFMOMA in San Francisco over the past year.

“At every museum, the staff has been fascinated to watch the goat being unpacked,” says My Bundgaard, conservator at Moderna Museet, who has accompanied Monogram on its tour. “So I soon realised that they had been longing for this work and saw it as the centrepiece of the Rauschenberg exhibition,” she adds. “Many of the local exhibition curators expressed their gratitude to Moderna Museet for lending it to them, and allowing it to make this long journey.”

When a work of art has been on loan and returns to the Museum, the conservation team always inspects its condition. Before dispatching it, they produced a report in photos and text, describing any deterioration and the condition of all the materials; this report is then used as a reference to check if the work had been damaged while on loan.

“Monogram has survived the ordeal and the tour well. And we’re both deeply grateful and relieved, because it’s a very sensitive work and handling it can be complicated,” says My Bundgaard. “When Monogram returned to the Museum, we performed a status report, and then I carefully tended to the fur, because it was a bit tousled after being in the crate.”

“And it’s great to have the work back in our exhibition hall, so that we and all our visitors can enjoy it again.”

Family activities

Sunday 13 May at 11.15 for children 2–5 years, in company with an adult.
Sunday 13 May at 13.00 for children 7–14 years, in company with an adult.
Free admission. In Swedish.

We look at Robert Rauschenberg’s Monogram without its glass case! Meet this exciting work, which features a stuffed goat with a car tyre around its tummy. Our art educator Jessica Eldenstjärna guides and tells us about it, and then we make our own monograms in the Workshop.

Guided tours

Sunday 13 May at 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00.
Free admission. In Swedish.

Our art educators Sara Callahan and Staffan Redin show Monogram to adults and talk about the stuffed angora goat, how it went from being a forgotten curiosity in a New York second-hand shop, to becoming one of the world’s most famous modern works of art.

Read more about Monogram

Last chance to see the Goat, 5.10 2016

Monogram Goes on Tour, 28.7 2016

How is the Goat getting on?, 15.3 2016

Published 3 May 2018 · Updated 4 May 2018