Mark Rothko

This retrospective comprised 51 paintings and 10 works on paper by Rothko. With the exception of two canvases from Dutch collections, all were loaned by the National Gallery of Art. Four canvases by Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) from the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s extensive collection of works by the Dutch modernist were also included in order to draw attention to the marked shift in both artists’ careers from figuration to a signature form of abstraction. Franz-W. Kaiser, then at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, curated the exhibition. During the run of the show, the museum also displayed drawings by writer-illustrator Wim Hofman from his children’s book, Puzemuze, of op weg naar Rothko, inspired by Rothko's work.