Rothko and Klein in Kunsthalle Bremen

A view of two of the rooms in the “Icons” exhibition in Kunsthalle Bremen (@kunsthalle.bremen). Visible in the photo are a total of 4 works that were all created in 1960!

On display in the first room is Mark Rothko’s “Untitled (Three Blacks in Dark Blue)”. Typical of Rothko’s Colorfield Compositions, this large canvas shows multiple juxtaposed colour fields in close harmony. The black and dark blue are distinguishable, but only on closer inspection. I doubt the Instagram compression respects them.

In the second room three works are on display by French artist Yves Klein. From left to right: “Large Monopink”, “Simmering” and “Untitled, Blue Monochrome”. The last one is painted in Klein’s signature colour blue, which became known as “IKB” (“International Klein Blue”).
The three works are combined into a triptych, referencing the religious concept of the Trinity: Gold for God, the Father; Red for the flesh and blood of Christ and Blue for the immaterial, the Holy Spirit.