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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Mark Rothko

Today we arrive Tate Modern –Mark Rothko, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery is dedicated to the works of American abstract painter, Mark Rothko. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Black on Maroon, 1958, by Mark Rothko
2. Red on Maroon, 1959, by Mark Rothko
3. RED ON MAROON, 1958, by Mark Rothko

image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This gallery at Tate Modern is also known as the Rothko Room, as it houses a series of 9 works created by the artist.
  • The display and curation of the painting was done by the Tate in direct collaboration with Rothko himself. The artist had a very specific idea of how he wanted the works displayed. They are set up in a single room that has one entry point and a separate exit point. The lighting is dimmed down. Viewers are invited to stand or sit and absorb the works.
  • The series was first commissioned by the Four Seasons restaurant on Park Avenue, in New York. However, as Rothko began painting, he realised the works were too dark and intense for the site. So, he withdrew from the commission and gave the works to the Tate instead.
  • The works are painted in a style typical to Colourfield Abstraction. Rothko uses predominantly red, maroon, black and yellow for the series. The structures and forms are inspired directly from Michelangelo’s iconic Laurentian Library in Florence, Italy.
  • The works evoke a feeling of being confined or trapped. In some cases, they have even been known to induce a mild sense of claustrophobia. This is owing to the shapes painted by the artist, that look like tightly closed doors or windows.

A Final Thought :

What’s particularly fascinating about this room is that it offers a very specific experience to the viewer. Especially since the artist himself was involved in the planning and curation of this display. We personally love the Rothko Room.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.

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