Rothko at Fondation Louis Vuitton

23.01.2024
Neil Byrne

Rothko at Fondation Louis Vuitton

23.01.2024
Neil Byrne

I recently visited the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris to see the retrospective exhibition of Mark Rothko’s work. The exhibition showcases approximately 115 pieces from various collections worldwide, including the Tate in London and the artist’s family.

The exhibition covers Rothko’s artistic journey, from his early figurative paintings to later abstract works. One of Rothko’s most famous commissions was for a collection of paintings at the Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building in 1958. Although commissioned to create these works, he kept the entire series – donating several to the Tate – which are now featured prominently in the exhibition.

The exhibition also highlights Rothko’s impact on museum spaces. The Phillips Collection dedicated the first “Rothko Room” in 1960, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York organised the first major retrospective in 1961. Rothko’s later commissions, including the Rothko Chapel in Houston (1971), showcase his enduring influence on contemporary art.

Overall, the exhibition offers a fresh interpretation of Rothko’s multifaceted work, emphasising his enduring inquiries, silent dialogues with viewers, and reluctance to be pigeonholed as merely a “colourist.” If you’re a fan of Rothko’s art, this exhibition is a must-see, as it offers a rare opportunity to see multiple pieces from various collections in one place.

Rothko at Fondation Louis Vuitton. Until 02 April 2024