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Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange

May 12 – September 2, 1991
East Building, Ground Floor and Concourse

Robert Rauschenberg, Copperhead Grande/ROCI CHILE, 1985, acrylic and tarnishes on copper, Gift of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, 1991.76.2

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 60 paintings, 21 sculptures, 60 photographs, 30 graphic works, and 15 video monitors by Robert Rauschenberg were on loan as part of the international tour of the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI), begun in 1985. The ROCI was organized to promote world peace and understanding.

Rauschenberg took photographs while his staff shot videotapes to record what the artist saw and experienced at each exhibition location. As the traveling exhibition evolved over a 6-year period, Rauschenberg created works in each host country to include in the exhibitions. Rauschenberg donated a work of art to each country, and exhibition catalogues included contributions by local poets, writers, or journalists.

Organization: Donald Saff served as artistic director of ROCI. Jack Cowart, curator of 20th-century art, selected the works for the National Gallery's ROCI exhibition, the only United States venue. Robert Rauschenberg designed the National Gallery's exhibition.

Attendance: 414,717

Catalog: Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange, by Rosetta Brooks et al. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1991.

Other Venues: Mexico

Rauschenberg, Robert
American, 1925 - 2008