The Museum of Our Wishes
The exhibition The Museum of Our Wishes came about in winter 1963-64 on the initiative of the Friends of Moderna Museet. A large number of works considered to be essential to the Museum’s collection were borrowed, and a miracle was achieved: Moderna Museet received a one-off grant of SEK 5 million from the Swedish government. Suddenly, the collection had grown to be one of the finest of its kind. The exhibition was pivotal to Moderna Museet’s further development. Works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Ernst, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso were thus added to the collection.
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© Robert Rauschenberg/Untitled Press, Inc./Bildupphovsrätt 2020
Robert Rauschenberg
1925 - 2008
United States Monogram, 1955-1959
Oil on canvas, printed paper, textile, paper, metal sign, wood, rubber shoe heel, tennisball, taxidermied angora goat with paint and painted rubber tire
Yttermått: 106,5 x 160,6 x 163,5 cm (41 15/16 x 63 1/4 x 64 3/8 in.)
Sculptures, Paintings
Purchase 1965 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet (The Museum of Our Wishes)
NMSK 1963 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Monogram is one of the works Robert Rauschenberg called “combines”, a kind of hybrid form of painting and sculpture. He found the angora goat in a store for second-hand office furniture. Rauschenberg often used stuffed animals in his combines, giving them a second life. In the collage-like painting under the goat, he has explored the relationship between the horizontal surface and the viewer’s bird’s eye perspective. An astronaut looks up at the sky, and a funambulist walks on a slack rope across an abyss. A baby’s footprint seems to signify a human being’s first painterly gesture. The work was named after the way the horned billy-goat and the car tyre intertwine, like the letters of a monogram.
- Signature, inscriptions, and markings
- Exhibition history
- Exhibition catalogues
- Bibliography
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