Mark Rothko's birthday to be celebrated in Daugavpils

Friday 21 September will be a special day at the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center, as it will celebrate the 115th anniversary of the birth in the city of world-renowned artist Mark Rothko.

Friday 21 September will be a special day at the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center, as it will celebrate the 115th anniversary of the birth in the city of world-renowned artist Mark Rothko.

The occasion will be celebrated with a concert by an Italian duet, a creative workshop for children, a press conference and the opening of eight new exhibitions.

Anniversary celebrations at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center will begin at 1 p.m. with a new concept performance called “Redshift” from Italian musicians “Passepartout Duo” – a 40-minute long recital created expressly for the Rothko Center.

The concert takes inspiration from Rothko’s later works and the aesthetics of a unique time in the middle of the twentieth century. Bound by an improvisation on Terry Riley’s piece “Dorian Reeds”, it
creates a soundscape that dissolves in colour and is reminiscent of Rothko’s red color field
paintings, organizers promise.

At 2 p.m., the concert will be followed by a meeting with the artists and curators of the eight new exhibitions. They will introduce the ideas, concepts and messages of the new projects, highlighting the key points of the autumn exhibition season at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center.

Students of the local art school “Saules skola” will be joined by participants of the international painting
symposium “Mark Rothko 2018” in a creative workshop “Painting Our Future Together”. The
event will be part of the European Cooperation Day 2018. The day will reach its climax at 4 p.m. with the grand opening of the new exhibition season.

Full details of the celebration events and the new season at Daugavpils are available at the official website.

From 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. on 21 September, entrance tickets to the Rothko Centre will
be available at special discount prices – all temporary exhibitions (Sectors B, C and D
together) for 1.50 EUR, permanent exhibition “MARK ROTHKO. LIFE AND ART” (Sector
A) for 3.00 EUR, and full tickt to the entire centre for 4.50 EUR.

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