Black and white photo of Rothko.
© 2005 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Bildrecht Wien, 2019

Premiere: Mark Rothko in Vienna

Mark Rothko (1903-1970) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and an important proponent of Abstract Expressionism, which he significantly influenced. His works are now being shown in Austria for the first time ever. The exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna offers an overview of Rothko's entire oeuvre – from his figurative beginnings in the 1930s to the works he created in the following decade in his so-called transitional phase, to the revolutionary paintings of the 1950s and 1960s.

Horizontally layered color fields

Harmonious or charged with tension, luminous or dark, dominant or balanced – this is what Rothko's large paintings are known for. The painter is only rarely represented in European collections. All the greater is the gratitude expressed to the artist's children, without whose support this ambitious exhibition would not have been possible. Mark Rothko once said that he was creating an art "that would last at least a thousand years". The exhibition will get to the bottom of this conviction by looking at the artist's work through the prism of history.

Mark Rothko

March 12 - June 30, 2019

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily until January 13, 2019 and from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202 or email:

      Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

    • Comments

      The museum is a place of encounter and sensory perception and offers plenty of opportunity to stimulate vistors and motivate them to interact with one another by looking at art together and then getting creative themselves.
      Induction loop available at the audio guide stand.

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