April 24 marks five years since the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center in Latvia opened its doors to the public as one of the most ambitious 21st-century cultural projects in Eastern Europe, eng.lsm.lv reports.

The idea for the center was born in 2002 and took over a decade to realize - to create a unique tribute to the Daugavpils-born world-renowned artist Mark Rothko – a place that offers an opportunity to see Rothko’s originals worth millions of dollars.

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center is located in the historic artillery arsenal building of Daugavpils Fortress, originally built in 1833. Reconstruction of the arsenal took the joint efforts  of three different projects, which were co-funded by the European Union.

Along with a permanent display “Mark Rothko. Life and Art” featuring six valuable
originals by Mark Rothko (changed periodically), the center offers both permanent and temporary shows across over two thousand square meters of exhibition space.

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