This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.An exhibition of 27 works by the preeminent American artist Mark Rothko (1903–1970) including drawings, watercolors, gouaches, and paintings from the late 1920s through 1970 is traveling to Mexico, China, and Korea. This is the first survey of art by Rothko ever seen in each of these countries. The exhibition offers an overview of the artist's aesthetic as well as his intellectual evolution over five decades, with early representational images of figure, land, and city, followed by works from the transitional decade of the 1940s, which reveal Rothko's embrace of key modernist concerns, and ending with his signature abstractions. Educational programs including tours and lectures, and special presentations by Gallery staff accompany the exhibition at each venue. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth, a smaller version of the exhibition traveled in 2003 to Riga, Latvia, and then to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the city's 300th anniversary.
In 1986 the National Gallery of Art was the primary recipient of the Mark Rothko Foundation's largesse when it received 296 paintings on canvas and paper, as well as a study collection of more than 600 drawings and watercolors. The variety of this gift is reflected in the exhibition.
Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State.