The collection of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre has started to develop at the same time as the idea of creating an Art Centre. Initially the collection was based on the artworks made during the International Plein Air “Mark Rothko”, which take place in Daugavpils every year since 2005. Under the terms of the Plein Air each participant has got to give at least one of his artworks to the collection of the Art Centre (total 228 paintings, 112 artists from 25 countries). The traditional techniques (oil and acrylic) later were supplemented with mixed or author techniques as well as the new types of art: graphics and textile. To the paintings of the Plein Air were also added some donations from Latvian and international artists (I. Krolle, M. Klusha, S. Gershov, A. Gal, B.Holstein etc.).
The Art Centre’s collection is regularly complemented with new art works. The active international symposiums and residency program promotes the interest of contemporary artists and provide the collection with high-quality works of art. At the same time the collection has been provided by donations from Latvian artists, who are famous not only at their homeland, but overseas as well.
Along with the collections of graphics, ceramics and textile there is a separate place for The Memorial Collection of Pēteris Martinsons and The Collection of Mark Rothko Painting`s Reproduction.