Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel
12 November – 11 December 2019
Exhibition Planning Studio, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel is a speculative exhibition proposal displayed within the MA Curating and Collections department. This project was in response to the Planning Studio space, which is a study area, planning space and room for research display. Curators had free reign over the concept, budget and overall decisions, whilst respecting the aims, values and potential limitations of the chosen institution.
The exhibition is intended to be displayed at the Eyal Ofer Galleries at the Tate Modern, and traces the evolution of the Rothko Chapel through archive materials including letters, photographs, models and drawings. At the same time it closely examines Rothko’s fascination with light and space, as he developed the project alongside leading architects such as Philip Johnson, Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry. Looking at Rothko’s practice against the historical backdrop of the Chapel, this exhibition offers new ways of understanding Rothko’s work and ideology, beyond the surfaces of the paintings themselves.
Curators: Lisa Logotheti, Celina Loh, Samuel Marshal, Dali Liu, Asya Gurevich, Ruiying Wang, Qinru Zhou, Zehui Gao