Mark Rothko Art Museum
Exhibition:Helga Kreuzritter: A Glance at five decades of sculpting and painting
Duration: 16 May - 10 July 2015
The works trigger spontaneous emotions in the viewer, ranging from funny to humorous, from satirical
to serious and sad. No feeling seems to be unknown to the artist, and therefore each work challenges
the viewer to be individually recorded, understood and appreciated in the consequences arising from this.
Considering these works, one could arguably say: “Art must touch”!
It is the artist Helga Kreuzritter who creates art from within herself. The name ‘Kreuzritter’ is not
any fashionable pseudonym, but was genealogically maintained by ancestors who were probably actually
drawn within the Christian Crusades. Although she is inspired by nature or human behaviour, her own vision
continues to prevail. Based on her mood, she creates on canvas, wood, aluminium and other appropriate materials.
Despite the multi-dimensionality which is often encountered in her works, many works also represent the artist’s
elaborations on two-dimensionality, starting with drawings and watercolours to gouaches and aluminium paintings.
Her material images, for example, also commute between two- and three-dimensionality, and this fascination is
also transferred quickly to the viewer. These works involve the creation, transience, the time as such or even
mythologies of the aborigines, as well as modern fairy tale. Thus, the bandwidth of this artistic creation is
not by far exhausted. The artist also works with sculptures that come in wood, metal or stone, rarely from a
single material. In short, the artist uses everything which fits together in very specific artistic themes:
materials and objects which are artistically worked up according to their own intention. Art is autonomous
with her and goes on its own way. The artist conceives works completely away from long standing traditions.
Even the qualified basis which she puts to the study of sculptures enables her to evaluate, classify and,
if necessary, to overcome seemingly fixed artistic principles in any form. Her diverse works often provoke
About the museum:
Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Museum is a multi-functional contemporary art and culture centre located in
the Artillery Arsenal building (1833) of the Daugavpils Fortress. This is a place where history goes hand
in hand with the contemporary and creates a unique and inspiring place for creative expression and experience.
The Art Museum offers exhibitions dedicated to Mark Rothko’s artwork and biography, and other exhibitions,
including artwork of international, national artists and cultural history.
Mark Rothko (born Marcus Rothkowitz (1903-1970) was the fourth child of a Dvinsk pharmacist Jacob Rothkowitz.
Rothko became an outstanding painter of the 20th century, the founder of abstract expressionism. He never stopped
identifying himself with Russian culture and feeling his inextricable internal connection with his birthplace even
being the rest of his life very far from it.