Mark Rothko at the GemeentemuseumExhibitions / The Hague
20 September - 01 March 2015, Tues-Sun 11am - 5pm
In September, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague will proudly present an exhibition focusing solely on the works of American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko.
Rothko & colour in The Hague
In the past 40 years the Netherlands has not hosted an exhibition dedicated to the work of Rothko.
Born to a Russian Jewish family in 1903 in what is now Latvia, Rothko lived a tormented life, depressed and disillusioned after the two World Wars.
Rising to prominence in New York in the 1930s along with other future abstract celebrities such as Pollack, de Kooning and Gorky, his signature "multiforms" and use of colour to express pure emotion solidified his influence on the art world.
Using rectangular blocks and a masterful control of colour transition, the clash evokes feeling and drama with no determined image.
It is these classic paintings that the exhibition in the Gemeentemuseum will once again display for Dutch audiences, in addition to lesser known works from the artists oeuvre, including a distinctly personal surrealism and principle comparisons to the work of Mondrian.
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1953. National Gallery Washington
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1940. National Gallery Washington
Thumb: Mark Rothko, Orange and Tan, 1954. National Gallery Washington
Untitled, 1968, acrylic on paper, Mark Rothko
With his works drawing millions of dollars at auction, the exhibition on Rothko in The Hague is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the brilliance to be found in an individual who revolutionized ideas surrounding artistic practice.