Friday, January 20, 2012
The Menil Collection. Part II. The Rothko Chapel.
For the Chapel, Rothko worked closely with architect Philip Johnson and then with Houston architects Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry to design an octagonal, sunlit space to encompass a group of fourteen paintings.
American artist Barnett Newman´s colossal Broken Obelisk sculpure, a gift from the de Menils in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martín Luther King,Jr.
Neither Mark Rothko nor Barnett Newman lived to see their art installed at the Chapel.
Over the years, the Chapell has hosted some of the globe´s most profound artist, intellectuals, religious leaders, and human rights activists. Amiri Baraka. the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Brice Marden, Rigoberta Menchú, Pandir Pra Nath, Tariq Ramadan, Steve Reich, Susan Sontag, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Reverend James A. Forbes have been among the guest.
The Menil Collection is fully accessible and open to the public free of charge every day of the year.