The Straits Times
Published on Oct 08, 2012

Rothko painting defaced with black paint in London gallery


LONDON (AFP) - London's Tate Modern was temporarily closed on Sunday after a mural by US modern artist Mark Rothko was defaced by black paint, the gallery said.

The gallery shut for a short time at around 3.25pm (10.25pm Singapore time) after the damage was found on the corner of one of the Rothko's Seagram murals.

"Tate can confirm that there was an incident in which a visitor defaced one of Rothko's Seagram murals by applying a small area of black paint with a brush to the painting," said a spokeswoman for the popular gallery.

The Seagram murals, commissioned by New York's Four Seasons restaurant in 1958, arrived in London for display at Tate Modern's sister gallery on Feb 25, 1970 - the day the artist committed suicide aged 66.