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September 25, 2017
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Erasing the Rules at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules has ended. Please visit SFMOMA online for current exhibit information.

On view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Nov. 18, 2017 through March 25, 2018 is the West Coast exclusive exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, highlighting the extensive work of the acclaimed contemporary artist. This is the first retrospective of Rauschenberg's art career in nearly 20 years.

About the Exhibit

Rauschenberg began his career during the Abstract Expressionism period of the 1950s and became known for incorporating common objects and images into his art. His work integrating various forms of art set an innovative standard for collaborative work in performance art and mixed media. Rauschenberg's experimentation with convention is showcased in this exhibition, featuring work spanning six decades of art.

Highlight pieces include Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), a landmark example of the unconventional in which Rauschenberg erased one of Willem de Kooning's drawings. Automobile Tire Print (1953), the result of a Model A Ford driven across sheets of paper after being dipped in a pool of paint, and Thirty-Four Illustrations of Dante's Inferno (1958-60), a collection of magazine and newspaper clippings presented as representative images of the classic text, are also included.

More than 150 works are presented in the exhibition, from prints, sculptures, paintings, and painting & sculpture combines, showcasing both Rauschenberg's irreverence in his approach to art and his ability for social commentary through interdisciplinary media.

General Information

Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules is on view from Nov. 18, 2017 through March 25, 2018. Access to this special exhibition is included with your paid general admission ticket to the museum. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit SFMOMA online

Groups of 10 or more may receive special discounts and can request private tours. For more information, please see SFMOMA's Group Visits page

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