de Sarthe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg in Hong Kong from May 26th to July 2nd 2016, featuring six significant works from different series created by the American artist, spanning from 1968 to 2005. Considered one of the most significant artists of postwar America, his works have been recognized as one of the major influences in the return to figurative art in the USA.
Rauschenberg is one of the three artists, alongside Jasper Johns and Allan Kaprow, who launched a radical shift, reacting against Abstract Expressionism and its emotional emphasis. Characteristic of the Neo-Dada movement, his works incorporate mass media and depict mundane subjects. This aesthetic research opened the door to Pop Art. The works in the exhibition illustrate Rauschenberg’s vision of the role of the artist, to him: “the artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history”.
The enduring legacy Rauschenberg continues, with new audiences experiencing his work across the globe. Following the comprehensive Guggenheim Museum (New York) survey of 1997, a major retrospective will be launched this year at the Tate Modern (London), whilst UCCA (Beijing) will present a monumental work by the artist, and trace his solo 1985 exhibition held at the National Art Museum of China. Delivering the works of this important 20th century American artist to Hong Kong, de Sarthe Gallery contributes to the rich international dialogue on Robert Rauschenberg.