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Mark Rothko:Into an Unknown World

April 23 - August 11, 2010

"Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks"
Mark Rothko and Adolph Gotllieb manifesto, published in 1943 in the New York Times

We present Mark Rothko: Into an Unknown World, the first exhibition ever staged in Moscow by one of the world’s most celebrated artists.


Featuring over a dozen paintings, the exhibition spans twenty years of the artist’s career, from 1949 to 1969, and includes No. 12 (Yellow, Orange, Red on Orange), 1954 as well as monumental studies for all three of Rothko’s famous mural projects: The Seagram Murals, The Holyoke Center at Harvard University and the Rothko Chapel at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. The exhibition includes one of Rothko’s last grey and black paintings from 1969.


A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with essays by Dr. Irving Sandler and Prof. Andrei Tolstoy. Dr Irving Sandler is an international Rothko expert, art critic and historian. Professor Andrei Tolstoi is an art historian, corresponding member of the Russian Art Academy

Artist: short biography

Mark Rothko was born Marcus Rothkovitz on September 25 in Dvinsk, Russia (today Daugavpils, Latvia) to Anna Goldin and Jacob Rothkowitz. He was the youngest of four children.  In 1913 he emigrated with his mother and sister to the United States. He studied painting at Yale University from 1921-23, and was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Yale in 1969. In 1958 Rothko received commission to paint murals for the Seagram Building, New York. Later he reconsidered the space intended for the murals in the Seagram Building and withdrew from the project. In 1961 the artist received commission from Harvard University to paint murals for the school's Holyoke Center, he donated the three sets of completed murals which were withdrawn from the Seagram Building earlier. In 1964 Rothko received commission from John and Dominique de Menil to paint murals for Houston chapel. In 1970 Mark Rothko took his own life. In 1978 The Pace Gallery, New York, began representing the estate of Mark Rothko. 

Rothko has been the subject of six major surveys and retrospectives, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1998), which travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Kawamura Memorial Art Museum, Japan, which travelled to three museums in Japan (1995-96); the Tate Gallery, London, which travelled to Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1987-88); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1978-79); and two exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1970 and 1961 - the retrospective in 1961 traveled to London, Amsterdam, Basel, Rome, and Paris. Rothko's work is in numerous permanent collections worldwide.

Supported by

The Pace Gallery

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