Skip to content


An image of Dylaby by Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg

(United States of America 22 Oct 1925 – 12 May 2008)

Media categories
Assemblage, Sculpture
Materials used
rubber tyre, oil on packing case timber, iron nails

62.2 x 55.9 x 33.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated verso, :.../ 1962/ Robert Rauschenberg".
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
© Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

In the 1950s Rauschenberg’s work took a very different direction to the abstract expressionism dominant in the United States at the time. Rauschenberg’s dada sensibility – inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s engagement with everyday life – showed him to have more in common with emerging movements in Europe. ‘Dylaby’ is typical of this sensibility. In 1962 Rauschenberg was the only American artist included in ‘Dylaby: dynamic labyrinth’, an experimental exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam based on artistic collaboration and installation works. The arrows pointing in opposite directions in ‘Dylaby’ may be Rauschenberg’s tongue-in-cheek response to the chaotic show involving such radical artists.

Bibliography (11)

Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, 'John Kaldor: public patron/ private collector', pg.9-77, Sydney, 1995, 11 (illus.), 18 (colour illus.). illustration on page 11 is an installation view of the 1963 Sonnabend exhibition

Andrew Forge, Rauschenberg, New York, 1969, (illus.). no.12

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 25 (colour illus.), 61.

Henry Geldzahler, Pop art: 1955-70, Sydney, 1985, 65 (illus.).

Julia Robinson, New realisms: 1957-1962, Madrid, 2010.

Paul Schimmel, Robert Rauschenberg: combines, Los Angeles, 2005, 190 (illus.). plate 164

Sonnabend, Paris, Rauschenberg: premiere exposition (oeuvres 1954-1961), Paris, 1963.

Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'The art collectors 10. John Kaldor', pg.312-323, Sydney, Mar 1971, 314, 317 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe', John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Robert Rauschenberg', pg.44-61, Sydney, 2011, 46, 49 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg.26-29, Newtown, Apr 2011, 26 (colour illus.), 27.

Roland Wetzel and Annja Müller-Alsbach (Curators), Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely: collaborations, 'Dylaby', pg.72-79, Bielefeld, 2009, 72 (colour illus.),75, 79.

Exhibition history (8)

Dylaby: Dynamisch labyrint, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Sep 1962–Sep 1962

Rauschenberg: premiere exposition (oeuvres 1954-61), Sonnabend, Paris, 01 Feb 1963–16 Feb 1963

Pop art: 1955-1970:

From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996

Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003

Robert Rauschenberg: combines:

Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely: collaborations, Museum Tinguely, Basel, 14 Oct 2009–17 Jan 2010

New realisms: 1957-1962, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 15 Jun 2010–04 Oct 2010