MARK ROTHKO ART CENTRE IN DAUGAVPILS
Location: N55° 53` 1.55", E26° 29` 42.5"
Five thousand square meter large Artillery arsenal building where canteen and barracks were located later is only a small part of Daugavpils stronghold. For twenty years this building was unused and “preserved.” War school barracks were placed in former stronghold artillery arsenal building until 1993. After closing the war school, building was not used for several years, but sometimes art and photo exhibitions were held on the first floor of the arsenal building. Now the surrounding environment is also improved – the rampart has been restored in its initial look from the 19th century. Historical granite stairs, rails and stairs to the attic are preserved in the building. Today Mark Rothko Daugavpils art centre is placed in this building.
Mark Rothko Daugavpils art centre is a multi-functional contemporary art and culture centre in Daugavpils stronghold, which is the former Artillery Arsenal building (1833) in Mihaila Street 1. Today antiquity has united with contemporary in this building giving space for different creative manifestations. An opportunity to become acquainted with world famous artist Mark Rothko work originals and exposition “Mark Rothko. Life and arts” which is dedicated to him is offered in this art centre, and it is also possible to see Latvian and foreign artist exhibitions and culturally historical expositions.
There are six Mark Rothko painting originals in the museum. Mark Rothko (in real name Markus Rothkowitz; 1903 – 1970) was born as the fourth child in the family of Dvinsk apothecary, Jew Jacob Rothkowitz. His father was idealist who used to give medicine for poor people in his private house pharmacy for free. When Mark was ten years old, his family emigrated to the USA in 1913, settling down in Portland, state Oregon. Rothko’s son, New Yorker Christopher Rothko and his daughter Keith Rothko-Prizel who lives in Washington D.C. each has given three works to Daugavpils for free. Their chosen works represent all Rothko painting development stages: realistic, surrealism, transition and his classical style – abstract expressionism. Different Latvian and foreign artist expositions and also be seen in the building, and different arts and culture events are being held there as well.