Robert Rauschenberg Retrospective Tate Modern


At the very last moment I visited the Robert Rauschenberg retrospective at Tate Modern. It's an excellent introduction to Rauschenberg's work, but I'd expected the exhibition to be larger. The exhibition spans Rauschenberg's entire six-decade career and does a good job of showcasing each and every aspect of his prolific output. However, I had hoped to see more: more combines and more silkcreens (a reproduction of this work has been on my bookshelf since I first saw it at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza). This, of course, is the best possible criticism, as it testifies to the quality of the work.

One room shows the set design Robert Rauschenberg created for Glacial Decoy (1979), a ballet by Trisha Brown. It consists of four panels exhibiting a slideshow of photographs taken in and around Fort Myers, Florida. The idea is simple enough, but the execution is perfect. I saw it performed many years ago and I enjoyed seeing it again, albeit on video. Robert Rauschenberg also frequently collaborated with Merce Cunningham and the exhibition includes some of the designs Rauschenberg created for Travelogue (1977) as well as a video of the designs in action. What I didn't know was that Rauschenberg also created some dance performances himself.

I'm glad I was able to visit the exhibition. I left reinvigorated and eager to start creating myself again.


Another excerpt from Glacial Decoy as performed by the Paris Opera Ballet.

Category: Art | Dance | Exhibition