Turn of the year has brought to different cultural spaces in Latvia and to the Lithuanian city of Panevėžys several exhibitions of selected artwork from the art collection of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre.
The collection of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre emerged hand in hand with the idea of creating the centre. Each year, the collection is augmented though valuable gifts from artists and cooperation partners whose donations are tokens of trust in successful collaboration. The collection is largely composed of artwork created during annual international symposia of graphic art, photography, painting and ceramics. The Rothko Centre aspires not only to preserve this valuable collection, but also to exhibit it on a regular basis, both at the Rothko Centre and across other cultural and art spaces in Latvia and abroad. This turn of the year, exhibitions from the collection of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre are on display almost simultaneously in four different cities of Latvia (Daugavpils, Rēzekne, Rīga) and in Panevėžys, Lithuania.
As of 20 November, the exhibition "M. / M. Valda Mežbārde / Guna Millersone" from the Rothko Centre’s art collection is available at the town hall of Panevėžys, Lithuania. The exhibition is a meeting of two Latvian artists in Lithuania. Valda Mežbārde and Guna Millersone represent one generation of painters who share certain parallels and points of intersection in terms of creative growth and activity but whose verticals of style have developed in markedly different ways. Both artists are inspired by landscape. But they each recreate it in their own way through a certain relationship among elements such as colour, light and dark, line and plane. In this respect, they are worlds apart. The exhibition is available until 10 January 2020.
As of 2 December, the exhibition "In Silence" by Latvian artist Linda Zīverte is on display at Daugavpils District Municipality Cultural Centre "Vārpa". Linda encountered silence and a peculiar island of being-in-silence at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre in the spring of 2017 when she prepared for her solo exhibition and created eight new works that she donated to the Rothko Centre’s art collection. The exhibition is available until 31 January 2020.
As of 19 December, selected works by Silva Linarte are on display at Latgale Museum of Cultural History, Rēzekne, in the exhibition "Another... Different morning". The exhibition consists of more than sixty works by Silva Linarte that have been borrowed from the Rothko Centre and a number of private collections. Natural landscapes, memory fragments or artistic messages created in the author’s laconic, seemingly delicate stylistic manner reveal her nuanced worldview, subtle sensitivity and professional mastery. This would have been the year of the 80th anniversary of the artist’s birth, but since the summer of 2018, we are talking about her in the past sense. Silva Linarte’s creative legacy is one of the ways in which she remains a continuous presence despite passing away. It is yet another morning, albeit a different one. The exhibition is available until 26 January 2020.
The new creative year of 2020 will begin at 3 p.m. on 3 January at Rīga Central Library with the opening of an exhibition of the 15th International Painting Symposium "Mark Rothko 2019". Each year, come September, Daugavpils becomes a creative forum for Latvian and foreign artists, who gather to spend two weeks in residency at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre and create unique artwork, inspired by Mark Rothko’s childhood city, Daugavpils fortress and the atmosphere and culture of Latgale region. The 15th International Painting Symposium "Mark Rothko 2019" brought together ten artists from Germany, China, the United States, Latvia, the United Kingdom/Ireland, India and Belarus. The exhibition is available until 31 January 2020.