Jacques Chapiro headlines Rothko center Spring season

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Friday, March 3 brings the openign of the new spring season's exhibitions at the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre.

The new season will feature works by the world-renowned native of Daugavpils, Jacques Chapiro, alongside five other impressive projects.

Painter Jacques Chapiro, né Yakov Chapiro, was born in Dünaburg, Vitebsk Governorate, Russian Empire (present-day Daugavpils, Latvia). He moved to France in 1925, settling in “La Ruche”, the famed Parisian artist colony, home to geniuses like Modigliani, Picasso, Chagall and Leger throughout the 1920s and 30s. Together, they developed the so-called Parisian school, while Chapiro evolved a clearly individual approach that helped him create a distinct artistic world.

Jacques Chapiro “Wedding” (fragment), gouache on paper, 1920s-1930s.
Jacques Chapiro “Wedding” (fragment), gouache on paper, 1920s-1930s.

The Rothko Centre’s new exhibition, “Coming Home: Jacques Chapiro”, is produced in cooperation with art collector Shmuel Tatz (NYC, USA) as a testament to Chapiro’s immense historical role on the global art scene and a nod to his local roots.

The Rothko centre’s curatorial interest in Jacques Chapiro dates back to the acquisition of two his original paintings a few years ago, one of which was immediately displayed in the exhibition “Found in the Collection”, which cast the spotlight on the most prized artworks in the Rothko Centre’s possession. The spring exhibition season brings a new select display in this line – “Rational Creature”, made to highlight other pearls in the institution’s growing collection.

The spring exhibition season will be available through 21 May 2023. On opening day, starting at 4 p.m., the new season’s exhibitions will be available free of charge. Full details of the spring 

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