L’entusiasmo di Robert Rauschenberg per la cultura popolare e il rifiuto della solennità e delle ansie degli Espressionisti Astratti lo hanno portato a cercare un nuovo modo di dipingere e a lavorare praticamente con tutto: cartone, pneumatici, lampadine, fotografie, vecchi vestiti, terra e sabbia. “Penso che la pittura sia come il mondo reale solo se viene fatta con il mondo reale”, disse una volta.

Per onorare la sua illustre carriera, Lunedi 22 Settembre la Robert Rauschenberg Foundation e  Artsy hanno lanciato un concorso dedicato ai giovani curatori.

La Emerging Curator Competition è aperta sia agli studenti universitari che ai laureati di tutto il mondo. Il vincitore riceverà una borsa di studio presso la Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, che include un rimborso per le spese di viaggio e la possibilità di curare una mostra. Tramite il concorso, gli studenti riceveranno un accesso esclusivo agli archivi e alle opere di Robert Rauschenberg.

Il concorso è partito ieri su artsy.net. I partecipanti sono invitati a presentare proposte espositive on-line, scegliendo tra le immagini selezionate dalla Rauschenberg Foundation e tra le 40.000 immagini fornite dagli oltre 300 musei di Artsy e dai suoi partner istituzionali, tra cui il British Museum, Fondation Beyeler, J. Paul Getty Trust, Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Le proposte saranno accettate fino al 20 di Ottobre, e i finalisti annunciati l’11 Novembre.

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Rauschenberg and curator Walter Hopps,   installing Minutiae (1954) for the retrospective exhibition,   Robert Rauschenberg,   National Collection of Fine Arts,   Smithsonian Institution,   Washington,   D.C.,   1976. Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni

Rauschenberg and curator Walter Hopps, installing Minutiae (1954) for the retrospective exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1976. Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Artsy Launch Competition Aimed at Elevating Student Curators

The Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition Opens Today for College and Graduate Students Worldwide; Winner Will Create an Exhibition for Their Home Institution and Work at the Rauschenberg Foundation

NEW YORK, NY – The Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition opens today to graduate and undergraduate students worldwide. The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has partnered with Artsy to create the competition with the goal of fostering digital scholarship. Students are asked to submit proposals for online exhibitions focusing on the work of Rauschenberg and can include work by other artists.

The winner will receive the opportunity to curate a Rauschenberg exhibition at his or her college or university with Rauschenberg Foundation support, a curatorial fellowship at the Rauschenberg Foundation, and an honorarium to offset travel and research costs. Three finalists will be selected by five leading figures in the art world: John Elderfield, Branden Joseph, Shirin Neshat, Christopher Rauschenberg, and Sarah Roberts. The public will vote via social media on the top three to select the winner.

“Like its founder, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is future focused. We are interested in providing opportunities for students to engage closely with Rauschenberg’s work, while advancing the use of digital resources toward art scholarship, ” said Christy MacLear, Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.  “The Emerging Curator Competition aligns with the core values of our mission as defined by Bob Rauschenberg’s legacy — to be global, pioneering, and generous in our support to artists, educators and those involved in positive change.  Moving scholarship to a world-wide audience in the digital realm is a perfect alignment for the foundation’s goals.”

Participants should submit proposals through Artsy, where a selection of works chosen by the Rauschenberg Foundation and over 40, 000 images provided by Artsy’s 300+ museum and institutional partners will be available for their use. Online research can begin by using the Rauschenberg Foundation’s newly launched website in addition to SFMoMA’s online Rauschenberg Research Project. In a career that spanned more than fifty years, Rauschenberg continually pushed boundaries by using a multidisciplinary approach and defying expectation. His commitment to innovation and his fearless approach to art are characteristics that the judges will evaluate in the online exhibition proposals.

“We are excited to collaborate with the Rauschenberg Foundation, not only to share an important body of Rauschenberg’s work with the public, but also to push the boundaries of research and curatorial work by spurring students across the globe to imagine new exhibitions and dialogues, ” said Christine Kuan, Chief Curator of Artsy. “Only through the visionary leadership of our institutional partners can Artsy pioneer these new learning opportunities.”

Proposals will be accepted until October 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET. The judges will review submissions and announce finalists on November 11, 2014. After voting by members of the public, a winner will be announced on November 21, 2014. For submission guidelines and more information, please visit: artsy.net/emergingcurator

About the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of the artist’s life, work, and philosophy, including the belief that art can change the world. The foundation supports initiatives at the intersection of arts and issues, which embody the fearlessness, innovation, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and his philanthropic endeavors. Most recently, the foundation has broadened its philanthropic efforts from seven legacy grantees to ninety-five grantees across the United States; supported hundreds of artists who suffered the impact of Hurricane Sandy; and converted Rauschenberg’s home and studio in Florida into a dynamic residency program for emerging and recognized artists.

About Artsy

Artsy is the leading resource for art collecting and education. Artsy provides free access via its website (Artsy.net) and iPhone app to international exhibitions, museum collections, galleries, art fairs, curated sales, and benefit auctions. It currently features over 190, 000 images of art and architecture by 25, 000 artists from over 2, 000 leading galleries and over 300 museum and institutional partners, which includes the world’s largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy’s encyclopedic database spans historical works, such as the Rosetta Stone and the Colosseum, to modern and contemporary works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Lucien Smith, Sarah Lucas, and Cindy Sherman. Powered by The Art Genome Project, a classification system that maps the connections between artists and artworks, Artsy fosters new generations of art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, and collectors.