Mark Rothko

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From rosy pink and jubilant yellow to bright blue to sombre black – face one of the vast canvases created by Mark Rothko (1903-1970) and you feel yourself being sucked into his world.
Mark Rothko

Considered one of the most renowned figures in the history of Abstract Expressionist movement, Mark Rothko left a significant legacy throughout his life as an artist. His impressive works continue to live on even after his death.

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Constructed layer upon shimmering layer, his colour fields are of unparalleled intensity and communicate universal human emotions such as fear, ecstasy, grief and euphoria. 

Rothko was an intensely committed painter who invested his whole being in his art and, like many other great artists, led a difficult life. Deeply disillusioned by the two world wars and plagued by depression, he was a tormented soul, yet capable of producing great art with an enduring capacity to comfort and enthral. These days, exhibitions of the American artist’s work are huge crowd-pullers and his paintings fetch record sums at auction.

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag proudly presented a large-scale exhibition of Rothko’s work, forty years after the last such show in the Netherlands. It was a unique chance to enjoy Rothko’s work, this exhibition was held only in The Hague and nowhere else.

Mark Rothko
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
20 september 2014 - 1 maart 2015 


Video credits

  • Director: Gerrit Schreurs
  • Camera and etiting: Maurits Veldhuijzen van Zanten
  • Sound: Marzouk Magouz en Timo Hegtermans
  • Sounddesign: Wouter D. Snel
  • Music: Arnold Schönberg - Three piano pieces, Op. 11, Performed by Daniel Barenboim. Courtesy of Warner Classics
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