The Rothko Room

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Experience a single masterpiece in a room designed for individual reflection. Mark Rothko envisioned the creation of spiritual “chapels” along the sides of highways throughout the country where weary travelers could stop and contemplate one of his paintings. This vision inspired the KMA’s The Rothko Room, which offers visitors the opportunity for quiet reflection and creative inspiration in the presence of a single masterpiece, as Rothko intended. 

Untitled (1969) will be the fifth and final painting by Mark Rothko presented by the KMA. This acrylic painting on paper dates from the last year of the artist’s life, when Rothko began pairing a restricted palette of blacks, browns, and greys with a new conception of space that eliminated foreground and background. Instead of focusing on depth and color, these works explore the interplay between the two rectangular forms.


Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1969. Acrylic on Paper, 74 x 48 in. (188 x 192 cm), Collection of Christopher Rothko ©2020 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko

The Rothko Room is made possible with the support of Christopher Rothko and the generous sponsorship of Denise and Andrew Saul. 

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