You will always find something new in Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre! On this page you will find all the exhibitions that are held in our center, as well as a relevant information about them.


The A sector of the Art Centre offers a chance to observe the permanent exposition “Mark Rothko. Life and Art” and the exhibition of original works created by Mark Rothko, to become acquainted with the digital exposition about the artist’s biography and various periods of his oeuvre, to spend time in the video hall, silent room and in the library.

The small five-work exhibition in the Rothko Room traces the radical development of the artist’s creativity throughout his career: from the early figurative paintings of the 1920s through the transition period in the 1940s to his revolutionary “classical” style of the 1950s and 1960s.


“Self-Portrait,” 1936 (Christopher Rothko’s Collection)
“Room in Karnak”, 1946 (Christopher Rothko’s Collection)
“Aeolian Harp”/No 7, 1946 (Christopher Rothko’s Collection)
Untitled, 1948 (Kate Rothko Prizel’s Collection)
Untitled (Brown on Red), 1964 (Kate Rothko Prizel’s Collection)


    Published: 11.11.19
    TERRY  FROST Almost half a century ago while living and painting in Rome I first met a man who had a profound influence on my life as an artist. A knock came on my studio door and on opening the door I was confronted by a man wearing a red cap, green spectacles and a blue jacket, oh and a cowboy tie. Most important of all was the expression on his face that told me here was a man who embraced life. An observation which was confirmed over and over again throughout our friendship. This was a friendship that included not just Terry and I but also that of our two wives Kath and Rosie and fairly soon afterwards all of Terry and Kath’s family, notably Anthony and Linda. It was also a friendship that lasted for the rest of Terry and Kath’s lives some twenty-five years later. Read more...
    Published: 21.11.19
    Leonid Schemelev  Leonid Schemelev is People’s Artist of Belarus (1983), Merited Artist of Belarus (1973), Laureate of the State Prize of the BSSR (1982), Laureate of the Union State Prize in the field of literature and art (2010). His decorations include Order of the Patriotic War, grades 1 and 2, several medals, the badge of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus “For Contribution to the Development of Culture in Belarus” (2003). He is a Bearer of the Order of Francis Skorina (2001) and Person of the Year in Minsk (2003). Read more...
  • Sense of Clay
    Published: 15.11.19
    Sense of Clay
    “As a child, I didn't have a butterfly net, so when I had to be quiet because my grandfather was resting, I was kneading on clay by the sweat lodge and making beautiful lions.” Evalds Vasilevskis During an exhibition of Latgale ceramics in Rīga, art historian Jānis Pujāts (1925-1988) introduced the public to ceramicists, and such were his words about young potter Evalds Vasilevskis: “You think he’s a ceramicist? No, he's a terrorist who should be hijacking planes rather than making pots.” They say Evalds was embarrassed to hear the unexpected words, but, as ever, what Pujāts had said had rang true, at least to a degree. Evalds had a great courage to attempt seemingly impossible tasks. Daring to be different developed slowly – through studying, contemplating and analysing everything he encountered throughout his life. Such was his life from start to finish, a continuous path of learning where everything he saw, met, read and even felt was important. Read more...
  • Collections of ideas
    Published: 15.11.19
    Collections of ideas
    “The initiatives of Valda Podkalne are like seeds of desire, hope and joy, scattered into the world as if into a soil, in good faith that these seeds and all the bits of information they contain will one day come to a wonderful growth and flourishing.”/ Harald Jegodzienski / The exhibition “Collections of Ideas” is a concept initiated by artist Valda Podkalne. It features two series of exhibits, a collection of conceptual mugs from 1993 and porcelain blocks created in 2017/2018. All the work is united in that that the shapes were designed by Valda Podkalne and then painted or otherwise creatively developed by many other artists, chosen and invited by the author. If such creative cooperation is a common practice in industrial design, in contemporary art it is a much rarer phenomenon. This social project of Valda Podkalne, which spans centuries, involves 34 artists of major significance in the cultural scene of Latvia. The BLOG.KS Catalogue was created as a vivid documentation of this event. Read more...
    Published: 14.11.19
    The expression “right hand” is typically used in a positive sense. What is “good” is on the “right”, close by, it is something one can rely on. An integral and active performer. Where would one be without one’s right hand? At the same time, the right hand is only a limb, a part of the body, which is the true initiator of a given action. Similarly, the person who is someone’s “right hand” is active, helpful but invisible and with no claim for appreciation. There is a deeply ingrained notion that a woman is like the “right hand.” In family life, relationships and at work. The best of right ones, of course. Read more...
    Published: 13.11.19
    Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation exhibition   The relatively quiet time without wars, revolutions or military coups in the period from 1890 to 1914, which is called la belle époque, was interrupted by the new art nouveau style. It conspicuously launched at the World's Fair held in Paris, although that new art had been spreading since the mid-1890s. The new style appeared under the influence of new aesthetics based on a combination of utility and beauty, stylization of the forms of living nature (especially aquatic vegetation and marine wildlife), diversity of motives and their decorativeness, and asymmetry of patterns. It looked for inspiration in mystical medieval visions of art, symbolist literature, Oriental art, and national sources. Read more...
    Published: 13.11.19
    What is synergy? In simple words, the result is greater than the sum total of the contributions of the parties involved total. Mathematically, it might look like this: 2 + 2 = 5, and, of course, you can have any other value instead of 5. The result is higher than the sum total of individual parts. Synergy can combine and unlock the huge strength and potential that all humans have. The creative process is difficult to predict – it is hard to say how it might end or where it might lead. Nor is it possible to foresee all the new challenges one might have to face along the way. The SYNERGY of our family is the proverbial shoulder, mutual support and tending of our creative spirit. Experiencing life through all our senses and from different viewpoints, and combining it all in one great, joint worldview, with each family member working in their own artistic discipline. Read more...
    Published: 13.11.19
    PHILIPPE SHALAYEV Philipp Shalayev (1929, Russia – 2008, Latvia) – “worker and painter”, representative of naïve art, animalist and portraitist. He organised his first exhibition while still at school, just 11 years old. He had been no stranger to hard labour since teenage years: barely 14 years old, he was helping his mother in hard rural jobs, initially on a farm, later in a railway support station; a few years were spent in a shoe workshop. Having trained as a high-class instrument mechanic, Shalayev started working at a turbomechanic plant in Rīga. Initially, he learnt drawing and painting through self-schooling, mainly from art books. Later, at the age of 32, Shalayev joined the arts studio at the culture centre of State Electrotechnical Factory, where he studied under the tutelage of prominent Latvian painter, Uldis Zemzars. As Shalayev's first art teacher, Zemzars made the following comment on his work: “His art is expressive. He is friends with nature and animals. [..] That is why he paints his beasts with a human soul, primarily, his own. We look at his wolf, bear or tiger, and, through them, he looks back at us, speaks to us." Read more...
    Published: 11.11.19
    VIOLETA JĀTNIECE Violeta Jātniece was born in Rīga in 1939. The budding artist’s first encounter with clay happened in Tūja, where she spent her childhood summers. Her favourite playgrounds were clay pits near a brick kiln, where little Violeta was amusing herself with clay; later, she would be invited back there to attend workshops. In 1957, Violeta finished Rīga Secondary School of Applied Arts. In 1964, she graduated from the Ceramic Department of the Art Academy of Latvia. In 1967, the artist joined the art group known as the ceramicists of Ķīpsala. In 1969, Violeta Jātniece was admitted into Latvian Artists’ Union and began working at the ceramic workshops of Ķīpsala. The artist has had several solo exhibitions in Latvia as well as participated in numerous group exhibitions in Latvia and abroad in countries such as Poland, France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Denmark, Sweden and the United States. She earned international acclaim with her large-scale garden ceramics and multiple instances of participation in international competitions and exhibitions (including Faenza in 1979, Westerwald in 1984 and the University Museum of Arizona, the US, in 1991 with Pēteris Martinsons). Read more...
  • 15th International Painting Symposium “Mark Rothko 2019”
    Published: 26.09.19
    15th International Painting Symposium “Mark Rothko 2019”
    “It is widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing…” Mark Rothko, New York. 1958 Mark Rothko has clearly had a huge impact on the development of painting across the world, and he continues to push modern artists to experiment and express themselves as they try to make sense of what painting can be like. Read more...