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Rothko comes to Rome for the first time since 1970

The 70 painting strong exhibition will be in the newly reopened Palazzo delle Esposizioni

The refurbished Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, built in 1883, is set to re-open this month with the first monographic exhibition of work by Mark Rothko in Italy since 1970 (6 October-6 January 2008). The artist’s children, Christopher Rothko and Kate Rothko Prizel, have loaned several works to the 70-painting show. The Palazzo re-opens its doors following a four-year E28m ($38.9m) renovation funded by the City of Rome. Italian architects Firouz Galdo and Michele De Lucchi have converted the restaurant on the first floor of the 12,000 sq. m three-storey building into a new exhibition space and added a cinema and bookstore. Two other ­exhibitions devoted to the work of the US film-maker Stanley Kubrick (6 October-6 January 2008) and Italian sculptor Mario Ceroli (6 October-2 December) mark the re-opening. The building was designed by the Italian architect Pio Piacentini.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Rothko in Rome'