Houston is home to one of the largest museum districts in the country and without a doubt one of the best! If you are an art enthusiast, then you are in for a treat! The Museum of Fine Arts has opened a Rothko exhibit displaying more than 60 works from the late artist’s collection! Here are 5 reasons you need to check this out NOW!
1.Houston is the only city in the U.S. to exhibit such a large collection.
The Museum of Fine Arts is the sole venue to host such a massive collection of Rothko’s work. The exhibit introduces his early work, in which he dabbles in surrealism, and then transitions to his signature style. Although exhibitions in recent years have profiled important aspects of Rothko’s oeuvre, there hasn’t been a “full overview of the artist’s work in the United States since the 1998, ” said Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “Presenting these works in Houston, home of the Rothko Chapel, will allow our visitors to see the full range of Rothko’s achievement in the same city as his most acclaimed and enduring public commission.”
2. Mark Rothko still lives through his art...... right here in Houston.
If you ever heard of Rothko chapel, now you have a face to the name. Rothko was commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil, of the Menil Collection, in 1964 to create dramatic and powerful paintings for their chapel. The Menils vision was to design a space for spiritual seekers of all walks of life to come reflect and meditate... Rothko oversaw the building of the chapel and painted 14 large, dark, but influential paintings to fulfill this vision. Unfortunately, Rothko wouldn’t see the completion of the project. He committed suicide in 1970, one year before the chapel was completed
3. Rothko wasn’t a normal artist, he was an innovator.
In the late 50’s and 60’s the art movement was dominated by abstract expressionism and he was very much a leader in all aspects of that era. His early works depict some forms of surrealism, but his later works of vibrant colors and rectangular shapes is what made him a household name. He also preferred dark somber colors such as black, brown and maroon. His elite circle of friends were pretty impressive with the likes of Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline.
4. Rothko paintings can create emotions that you never knew you had.
Rothko was into provoking human emotion through his paintings. He used a variety of bright colors in his later works, but mostly favored darker colors like blacks, browns and maroons. While his palette was limited, he still managed to make his point. He also wasn’t into all the fluff of the “art world”, instead giving his paintings some deep philosophical name; he opted for just numbering them!
5. Go just to say you saw the Rothko exhibit!
Even if you don’t care for art, you can still take away something inspiring from it. This exhibit helps you to understand that art gives different reactions to a variety of viewers. Plus, you may never see an exhibit like this for a while! It runs until January 24, 2016!! Don’t miss out on this prominent experience!