Mark Rothko. Paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington

National Museum, Warsaw
Until 1 September 2013

Mark Rothko, Untitled, oil, canvas, 19450–1941 © National Gallery of Art, Washington

This is the first time that works by this key player in the New York School, best known for his large abstract colour-field paintings, are being shown in Poland. This exhibition at the National Museum in Warsaw portrays Rothko as persistently searching for a mature style, beginning in the late 1920s, when as a young man he decided to become an artist, all the way to the end of his creative road. The show touches on all his artistic periods, from the earliest realist paintings in a spectrum of dark colours, through works verging on Surrealism in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the abstract multiforms, and finally his greatest glory: colour-field painting. Archival materials are also an important part of the exhibition. Supplementing the show is an installation by Nicolas Grospierre, a photographic journey into the past of Rothko’s birthplace – today Daugavpils.