Mark Rothko, Centenary

Daugavpils & Riga, Latvia

April 15 - May 9, 2003 Daugavpils launches a salute to Mark Rothko with a series of events and exhibitions devoted to the artist; the theme is Veltijums (Dedication)
April 16, 2003 Exhibition (City Museum) by Daugavpils Artists' Association opens; continues through May 24, 2003.
April 16, 2003 Exhibition (Daugavpils University exhibit hall) by Art Department students opens; continues through May 22, 2003.
April 23, 2003 One-man show (Center of Latvian Culture) by City Artist Romuald Gibovski opens.
April 29, 2003 Children’s art competition Dvinsk (Daugavpils) – Rothko’s city (Town Hall). Daugavpils’ children portray their city, as seen through the artist's eyes.
May 7 – 8, 2003 Riga – seminar Iepazisties ar Rothko (Meet Mark Rothko) for art teachers from all over Latvia, featuring both theoretical and hands-on work. Teachers will later photograph their own students in the classroom, creating Rothko-inspired projects.
May 9, 2003 Installation of eight Rothko-motif silk banners (lobby of the "Renesanse" conference hall) made by 50 students from the Daugavpils Art College Textile Department using batik technique.
September 12, 2003 Riga – presentation of new book: Latvijas ebreji mainigaja pasaule (Latvian Jews in the Changing World), which includes a section on Mark Rothko.
September 22, 2003 Riga – State Museum of Art: This unique co-operative venture with the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the US Department of State, and the Rothko family features originals works ranging from the early figurative period, transitional “multiform” works, his classic style and later works. Exhibit continues through November 30.
September 23, 2003 Laili Nasr, a curator at the National Gallery of Art, will speak at the State Museum of Art White Hall for art critics, students, and specialists in the field. She will speak about Mark Rothko and the exhibit that she is accompanying.
September 24 - 25, 2003 Daugavpils – international conference “Mark Rothko: Dvinsk (Daugavpils) – the Starting Point” features speakers from France, Great Britain, Russia, Switzerland, Latvia, and the United States. The conference will analyze the role of cultural influences: early 20th century cities, the Russian search for spirituality, the emigrant experience, and the impact of Jewish mysticism – while exploring Rothko’s creative process and his enormous role in modern abstract art.During the conference, the following events will also take place:· Dedication of a Memorial Plaque · Inauguration of the Rothko Memorial Hall in the Daugavpils City Museum· Screening of the film Mark Rothko, 1903 through 1970, An Abstract Humanist, by French filmmaker Isy Morgensztern.
September 26, 2003 Renee Maurer, a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will speak at the State Museum of Art White Hall for the general public. She will speak about Mark Rothko and the exhibit that she is accompanying.
October 22, 2003 Riga – The Latvian Radio Choir will give a concert dedicated to the Mark Rothko Centenary in the State Museum of Art. The conductor of the concert will be Mr. Kaspars Putnins.