Events at the Tate Museum

    Beatriz Milhazes, O Diamante, 2002. Contemporary Art Collection “la Caixa” Foundation. Photo Vicente de Mello. © Beatriz Milhazes Studio

    Beatriz Milhazes: Maresias

    25th May - 29th September 2024

    This summer, Tate St Ives presents Maresias, a major exhibition of the work of Beatriz Milhazes, one of the leading abstract artists working today. The exhibition celebrates the evolution of her approach over four decades, while also highlighting nature as an enduring and increasingly important theme in her work.

    Maresias refers to the salty sea breeze that is part of Milhazes’s everyday life in the coastal city of Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition encourages us to reflect on our own relationship to the environment. Milhazes says, ‘my context has been surrounded by forests, mountains and coastal experiences; the development of a 'tropical' way of thinking. It was very special to exhibit my work at Turner Contemporary and now at Tate St Ives - to smell the sea salt breeze of the same ocean as Rio de Janeiro. Same water, different cultures, but in the end it is all about life.’

    Milhazes, who has a background in early years education, will also be leading workshops with a local primary school in the area during the exhibition at Tate St Ives.

    Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon , 1959. Tate. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko ARS, NY and DACS, Londo

    Rothko's Seagram Murals come to Tate St Ives for the first time this summer

    25th May 2024 - 5th January 2025

    Mark Rothko's Seagram Murals are pivotal works in the history of modern art and are among the most celebrated paintings in Tate's collection. For the first time, five of these works will go on show at Tate St Ives in a new display opening on 25 May 2024. These mural-sized canvases were originally commissioned for the fashionable Four Seasons restaurant in New York's Seagram building, designed by Mies van der Rohe. They marked a shift away from the bright colours of his earlier paintings towards maroon, dark red and black. Rothko wished to create a deep connection between the viewer and his works, stating: 'l am interested only in expressing basic human emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.'

    In 1 959, Rothko took a break from painting the Seagram Murals to travel to Europe with his family. At the invitation of Peter Lanyon, he visited St Ives as it was becoming widely recognised as an important artists' community. There he met with other modernist painters including Terry Frost, Paul Feiler and Alan Davie.

    Upon his return to the United States, Rothko decided that a restaurant would not be an appropriate location for his paintings. He withdrew from the commission, returned his fee, and donated nine of the works to Tate in 1 969. They have since been shown in various numbers and configurations at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool, always in accordance with the hanging height, lighting and wall COIOUr recommended by the artist. Five of these iconic works will now be seen for the first time at Tate St Ives, in the Cornish town Rothko visited shortly after completing them.

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