Ode to graphics: the new exhibition season at the Rothko Centre

At 4 p.m. on Friday 7 February, the new exhibition season will be opened at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre as an ode to the graphic medium. The opening ceremony will be preceded by a public screening of the documentary “Final Traces of the Abstract Expressionists” and a meeting with the filmmaker, Caro Jost.

An ode to graphics, a celebration and a meeting of international graphic art projects at the Rothko Centre. A retrospective of Romas Viesulas (Lithuania), exhibited courtesy of the Lithuanian Art Museum, offers a tantalising glimpse into the work of this internationally renowned artist, conjuring up a special atmosphere and displaying a distinct artistic style through abstract compositions rooted in the modernist tradition.

The intricate and eloquent set of lithographs by Marina Kapilova (Belarus) and her stylistically similar bronze sculptures combine in “The Garden of Forking Paths”. Parallel graphical reflections on form and texture are traceable in the exhibition “MARK” by Latvian Jewellery Art Association and in the solo show by Romanian ceramic artist, Delia Maxim, “The Skin of Appearance”.

The work of Belgian painter, Marc Renard, is replete with bright colour and graphical linearity. Meanwhile, the international graphic art project “Person and Time” looks back into the past through the lens of personhood and temporality. A very particular graphical note is resonant in “Final Traces of the Abstract Expressionists”, a project by German artist and filmmaker, Caro Jost.

Prior to the opening of the new exhibition season, Caro Jost will give a free public screening of her documentary “Final Traces of the Abstract Expressionists”, adapted to local audiences through Latvian voice-over. This investigative art film takes viewers to the original locations where the artists of the Abstract Expressionism were active in New York from ca. 1940 – 1970, featuring Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Peggy Guggenheim, Mark Rothko, etc.

The opening of the seven international contemporary art projects will begin with a musical overture by an international piano duet from Lithuania – “Duo Zubovas: Sonata Deveikite-Zuboviene and Rokas Zubovas”.
On 7 February, during the season’s opening ceremony, visitors can enjoy the new exhibitions free of charge. Admission to the film screening is also free of charge.
The new season’s exhibitions will be available until 12 April 2020.
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Supporters: Daugavpils City Council, State Culture Capital Foundation, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Latvia, BIPA, Caparol, Devona.

Publicity photo: Romas Viesulas (Lithuania), Toro! Toro!, paper, lithograph, 1960.