RAUSCHENBERG CAGE CUNNINGHAM IN KREFELD, Museum Haus Lange and Stadttheater Krefeld, Krefeld, 1964

Title: Robert Rauschenberg at Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Paintings. Combined Images. And Drawings about Dante’s Inferno. Accompanied by a guest event with John Cage, David Tudor, and Merce Cunningham

Opening: September 12, 1964, 5 p.m. (with a concert by John Cage and David Tudor)

Curator: Willoughby Sharp

Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 cm

Additional events: Rauschenberg – Cage – Cunningham at Stadttheater Krefeld

October 3, 1964, 8 p.m.
Ballett Merce Cunningham and Dance Company
Musical pieces by La Monte Young, John Cage, and Erik Satie. Musical direction: John Cage; Piano: David Tudor; Decoration, costumes, lighting: Robert Rauschenberg; Choreography: Merce Cunningham; Dancers: Carolyn Brown, Viola Farber, Deborah Hay, Barbara Lloyd, Sandra Neels, William Davis, Steve Paxton, Albert Reid

October 4, 1964, 46 p.m.
Experimental Concert
Music on two pianos by John Cage and David Tudor, musical pieces by Toshi Ichiyanagi, Christian Wolff, and John Cage

Further information: See also the invitation to an earlier collaboration between Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg, and Tudor (in Merce Cunningham), who met during their time as students and teachers at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. The group of artists accompanying Merce Cunningham’s dance event, that is, John Cage, David Tudor and Robert Rauschenberg, jointly experimented with various practices combining theatre, dance, music, and abstract visual art. In 1952, the four artists performed the Untitled Event or Theatre Piece #1 at the college, which is also thought of as the first happening in the history of art and later influenced the Fluxus movement. Find more information through this research project: black-mountain-research.com


Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

David TudorJohn CageLa Monte YoungMerce CunninghamNam June PaikRobert RauschenbergWilloughby Sharp

In the music section of the Archiv der Avantgarden in Dresden there is a collection of documents related to John Cage. Among these documents there are several sheets of quotes from the artist. You can look at three of these sheets here.

Here is an invitation to an earlier collaboration between John Cage and David Tudor, Jüngste Klaviermusik, at Galerie 22 in Düsseldorf in 1958.