Art Institute Acquires Robert Rauschenberg’s Important Early Work "Short Circuit"


CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago announces a major acquisition by the museum’s Department of Contemporary Art: Robert Rauschenberg’s Combine of 1955, Short Circuit. This visually arresting and autobiographically rich work is the first major Rauschenberg Combine to enter the permanent collection of the Art Institute, thus enabling the museum to more fully represent the key turning points in 20th-century American art. Short Circuit encapsulates themes that Rauschenberg would pursue for decades and that mark him as one of the most important artists of our time. Short Circuit was acquired from the artist’s estate through the Gagosian Gallery. “When we opened the Modern Wing, we were finally able to show our contemporary art collection as never