"'The new exhibition is a compelling testament to Mark Rothko’s time-defying excellence and solid proof of his enduring and inspiring impact on generations of artists worldwide," said the Centre/Museum.
"The change of name and the new state-accredited museum status confirm that the former Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre has been a successful player on the global cultural scene and is ready to scale new heights," it added.
In addition, since September 8, the '7th bastion casemate' of the Daugavpils Fortress has been officially available in its new function – as an open-storage chamber for contemporary ceramics from the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre collection.
"Open storage is still underused in Latvian museum practice – so far, only a few heritage institutions enable the public to see their treasures beyond the normally closed repository setting. Open-storage facilities aim to give maximum access to museum collections that would otherwise stay behind closed repository doors and be mostly unavailable to the general public," said a release.
The Rothko Museum’s open-storage facility displays a significant part of a vast contemporary ceramics collection steadily acquired over a decade. Its origins date back to 2013 when the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre held its first International Ceramic Laboratory Symposium, which became an annual tradition.
At this point, the museum’s Contemporary Ceramics Collection has grown to more than 500 artworks, which makes it Latvia’s largest and most valuable repository of contemporary ceramic art. The new open-storage chamber displays over a hundred artworks by artists from 40 countries. The open-storage chamber is available daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.