Mark Rothko. The Retrospective
16 May to 24 August 2008
Galerie der Gegenwart
The American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) is one of the most important representatives of Abstract Expressionism. Twenty years after the last retrospective in a German museum this show at the Hamburger Kunsthalle offers a unique opportunity to discover his outstanding oeuvre anew. In the face of the most recent developments on the art market, where prices for Rothko´s paintings have skyrocketed and considering the high sensitivity of the colour surface of his pictures and the challenging issues of conservation, the realisation of this exhibition marks a very special effort and a great responsibility to both the lenders and their works. A comparable opportunity to see Rothko´s oeuvre in this concentration and quality will not arise in Europe for a long time to come.
The exhibition comprises more than 110 works including more than 70 oil paintings on canvas and more than 40 works on paper. It presents works from all phases of Rothko´s career and allows the immediate experience of their intriguing and mysterious aura which no reproduction is able to capture. More than two thirds of the paintings come from the USA and the majority of these have never before been shown in Germany. With the kind support of the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago.
Sunday to Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.