Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center’s history

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre project in development.

M.Rothko Art Centre is multifunctional international artistic and educational institution aimed at promotion and preservation of artistic values, the education of the city inhabitants, to establish a dialog between cultures, to contribute into the process of decentralization, to develop a cultural environment in the region and in the country

2002 The birth of idea.

2003 Mark Rothko Centenial Celebration events in Daugavpils: M.Rothko Hall was established in Daugavpils Museum of Local History and Arts; M.Rothko Memorial Plaque „Homage to Rothko” by Romuald Gibovsky was erected on the bank of river Daugava; International Symposia “Mark Rothko. Dvinsk/Daugavpils – the Starting Point” gathered together the leading international and national art authorities, museum curators and experts on Rothko creativity.

2003 Contacts with Mark Rothko’ children Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko were established. They came to participate in the Rothko Centenial Celebration events (it was the first visit of the family to their father’s native land). The collection of fine reproductions of Rothko works for Daugavpils Rothko Hall has been done in close cooperation with Christopher Rothko.

Since 2005 International Plein Air „Mark Rothko” is organized annually in Daugavpils.

2007 Daugavpils Rothko Art Centre concept has been worked out and approved by City Council. The Rothko family supported the project by agreement to provide several Rothko original works for long-term loan as soon as the future Daugavpils Rothko Art Centre would be reconstructed.

2008 The Technical Project of the Arsenal building renovation has been completed.

2008 City Council Culture Department creates a new structural unite for two persons to work on the Rothko Art Centre project development.

As soon as the reconstruction works of the Arsenal building would be completed, Daugavpils Rothko Art Centre will start working in Mikhaila Street 3, in the Dinaburg Fortress area.