April 2013 will appear in the annals of history and theory of art as the day when the most ambitious art project in Eastern Europe – the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Arts Center was opened. For the world’s artistic elite, the calendar event when the father of the world-famous abstract expressionism Mark Rothko’s original works turn to be offered for public viewing is a long-awaited date.
To honor Mark Rothko’s 111th birthday, the dates of September 24-26 2014 will be dedicated to international conference bringing to Latvia prominent scholars in the field, who will visit it to discuss the ground-breaking abstract expressionist’s contribution to art. The closing of the first day of the conference will see a concert of British artist and musician James Clarke in Riga. The digital exhibition ‘Rothko and Daugavpils’ in the new building of the National Library will present the material of exposition prepared by the DMRAC.
In turn, on September 25, the participants of the conference will take train to go to Daugavpils Mark Rothko Arts Center where exhibition of contemporary art of Latvia will open. The journey by train will be enriched by screenings of films and informal discussions. The exhibition is construed as a research project aimed at reflecting the present scene of painting in Latvia, drawing parallels with Rothko and the outlook of the abstract expressionism today.
Daugavpils Mark Rothko Arts Center (DMRAC) is created as multi-functional center of culture, art and education to open in the end of April 2013. The participation of Mark Rothko’s family in this project has enabled exposition of six of artist’s originals in the venue. In a digital format, one of the sectors in Rothko’s center will offer a chance to view Dvinsk of 1920s, as it could be perceived by the artist in his childhood, as well as take the observer through his life and artistic journey towards reaching for the summits of artistic achievement in USA.
The library and documentation sections of the Center will invite the visitors to wider exploration of biographic and chronological facts, to finding films about this outstanding personality in the video projection room and to experience of contemplation in the space of Rothko’s silence. The center will regularly offer six constant and changing expositions and will open a residence sector with facilities furnished for artistic studies.