Mark Rothko Exhibition

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

poster for Mark Rothko Exhibition

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Mark Rothko was born in Dvinsk, Russia (current Daugavpils, Republic of Latvia) in 1903. During his childhood he immigrated to the United States with his family. Although he entered the prestigious Yale University, he left after two years. In 1923, he moved to New York to become a painter. In the beginning, his motifs were painted in gloomy tones and included indoor figures and cityscapes such as subway stations. Then, he moved on to a surrealistic style of painting with titles based on ancient mythologies. After the mid 1940s, he departed from representational painting and, finally, he arrived at a style with amorphous cloud like shapes floating on large surfaces. These paintings, which were abstract, yet mysterious and lyrical with colored surfaces producing light, immediately gained attention and Rothko became one of the most popular painters representing the United States.

For this exhibition, fifteen paintings, half of "Seagram Murals," which have been scattered for more than 50 years, are gathered together for the first time to create a new Rothko space. This exhibition is a rare opportunity unlikely to occur again. Also part of the exhibition, models and sketches related to "Seagram Murals" and large paintings completed before and after "Seagram Murals" including a series rarely seen, as well as Rothko’s letters, which are exhibited for the first time to the Japanese public, will each present the essence of Rothko’s later years.

-Cross Talk on March 29th (Sun) 17:30-19:00
Kenichiro Mogi (Neuroscientist) x Sumi Hayashi (Curator, Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art)
In the exhibition space surrounded by the red "Seagram Murals," two professionals from different fields will discuss the appeal of Rothko’s paintings.
Participation Fee: ¥1000 (admission fee not included)
First 100 persons only. Participation tickets will be available for purchase at the museum entrance on the day of the event from 13:00.
*Please understand in advance that the schedule may change or be canceled.



From 2009-02-21 To 2009-06-11


Mark Rothko



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