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First Major Mark Rothko Exhibition In The Nordic Region To Open In Oslo 

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First Major Mark Rothko Exhibition In The Nordic Region To Open In Oslo 


Enjoy the artworks of the renowned artist from 16 May to 22 September 2024

The colourful paintings of Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970) reinvigorated abstract art and made him one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This summer, the National Museum, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is showing a broad selection of works that represent a less familiar side of Rothko’s production. Mark Rothko

Paper Work

With over 80 paintings on paper, the exhibition traces the artist’s development from his early figurative works and surrealist experiments, via his well-known colour field paintings, through to his last works. Although best known for his large abstract paintings on canvas, Mark Rothko also painted some 1,000 works on paper.

Rothko’s paintings on paper challenge ideas of what a painting is and reveals an aspect of his art that receives closer attention in this exhibition. The genres range from landscapes, portraits and surrealist projects to his characteristic, rectangular colour field works.Mark Rothko

A Career In Art

The exhibition at the National Museum is organised around four key periods in which painting on paper was crucial to Rothko’s artistic development and quest for a personal idiom. In the Light Hall at the National Museum, visitors can follow this development through the course of his career.

The End 

Following a heart attack in 1968, Rothko was encouraged to work with less demanding materials and formats. As a result, he increased his production of paintings on paper. Some of the works from this period show a sombre palette dominated by black, brown and grey. As a result, they have been interpreted as a reflection of his mental health and a foreboding of his suicide in 1970. Mark Rothko

The exhibition is accompanied by a rich programme of events at the National Museum. This includes a talk exclusively for members of the museum by Mark Rothko’s son, Christopher Rothko, about his father’s life and art.


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