Rothko Chapel

Rothko Chapel
Rothko Chapel
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Not long ago we told you about the Chapel of the Rosary conceived by the French artist Henri Matisse in the last 20th century. Well, he was not the only artist ofcontemporary paintingwho decided to do a similar work in religious spaces. Another paradigmatic case is the Rothko Chapel located at Houston, at Texas.

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Rothko Chapel

This was one of the painter's last works, as he received the commission in 1965 and from then on he was working withPhilip Johnson, the architect who was to build so quirky The goal was to create a space for any religion. Anyone is welcome here, regardless of their religion, they will find a place to meditate. A most interesting idea and of which there are more examples around the world, as is the case of the very modern Chapel of Silence in Helsinki.

In the case of this Texas temple, it was conceived as a work with an octagonal plan in which the light comes from the ceiling, from above, and not only illuminates the space, but also bathes the colorful and enormous canvases by Mark Rothko, 14 in all. The truth is that the final appearance is more indebted to Rothko than to Johnson, since from the outset the painter accepted the commission on the condition that he fully participate in the project. Something that soon led to clashes between the two creators. But Rothko refused to let his work be reduced topaint the canvases And for this reason, Philip Johnson ended up withdrawing from the project, which was taken up by other architects who, this time, heeded all the painter's proposals.

He wanted to conceive everything so that the whole creates the perfect atmosphere to reflect and meditate. Something that the artist himself could not do, since the chapel was inaugurated in 1971, and he had committed suicide a year before.

However, it is one of his best artistic and human legacies. Since over time it has become not only a place to meditate on a personal level. Different types of religious ceremonies have also been held, as well as other types of meetings to talk about human beings and their rights. Somehow, it has become a sacred place for all religions without belonging to any. In addition to being a cultural space as a museum dedicated to a single artist and as a forum for holding conferences and various courses.

What about the paintings? They are huge totally black canvases. Of course, when we approach the canvases, infinite nuances are discovered in that immense darkness, which reaches extremely high levels in the imposing triptych that would be like the main altarpiece. However, there is not much hierarchy in the whole, and all the paintings are absolutely hermetic, and invite the introspection of those who contemplate them.

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