In the early 1900s Mark Rothko is forced to abandon his native Russia with his family to flee the pogroms and conscription in the imperial army. The United States become his new home. His story is a paradigm of an existential condition faced by numerous 20th century artists. What would 20th-century culture have been without Rothko? And what if, among the refugees now arriving in Europe, there is the Rothko of the 21st century?
The UNHCR pavilion in Venice for the 58th Biennale d'Arte
In the early 1900s Mark Rothko is forced to abandon his native Russia with his family to flee the pogroms and conscription in the imperial army. The United States become his new home. His story is a paradigm of an existential condition faced by numerous 20th century artists. What would 20th-century culture have been without Rothko? And what if, among the refugees now arriving in Europe, there is the Rothko of the 21st century?
THE ARTISTS

An artist is someone who is able to express their intellectual, communicative and emotional potential through a practice that requires talent, sacrifice and dedication. The whole community can benefit from an artist’s work.
Discover the artists
The project Rothko in Lampedusa supports the distribution of Refugee Housing Units, providing safe and dignified housing for refugees. Contribute yourself
Contribute now

FOLLOW US