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Rothko Chapel

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Address: 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
Phone Number: 713 524 9839
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A tribute to contemporary art: this beautiful building contains 14...

A tribute to contemporary art: this beautiful building contains 14 paintings by the famous artist Mark Rothko and a sculpture by Barnett Newman.

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It was interesting & strange! I guess its not my idea of an artist but I am glad we went to see it at any rate.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Saint John, Indiana

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Saint John, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was interesting & strange! I guess its not my idea of an artist but I am glad we went to see it at any rate.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited yesterday and I was enchanted by the quartet of violins playing a piece composed for that space. The composition they were playing and the art canvases evoked a strong feeling of healthy soil on a vivacious planet. There were lots of people milling around but it was not crowded because there is plenty of outdoor space on a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a real artist. I'm not a critic but real artists are Van Gogh, Dali, Henri Rousseau, Kandinski, Rembrandt, Da Vinci. There are too many to list. Gaugan, Miro, Klimpt, et al. Rothko is not among them. Any 2nd or 3rd grader can produce the same monochrome rectangles as he does, and do just as well as Rothko. I can... More 

Thank Mark E
Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The intent is clear and laudable, but in my opinion the realization falls short. I don't think the space really facilitates contemplation and meditation. It tries, but fails. The black paintings don't make one contemplate. They are a message of some sort - repudiation? Of course everyone will have their own opinion and perhaps it works for some

Thank cgny1fwd
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Underwhelming at best. Walk through the courtyard to pause at the sculptures, and keep walking. The receptionist boarded on rude. The chapel is simply black plastic chairs, white popcorn ceiling, and white walls flanked with large black paint canvas. Not the soothing, relaxing, mediation, place of reflection we anticipated. We quickly departed in under five minutes, as a majority of... More 

Thank Daniel P
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heard so much about the Rothko Chapel I was rather underwhelmed on this our first visit. There was a group of noisy tourists trying to take photographs inside which is not allowed. Rather spoiled the atmosphere which is intended to prevail. Sadly we didn't have time to wait for them to move on so we will visit again and hopefully... More 

Thank WeegieQuine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Please go with an open mind! This is a lovely space, kindly loved by Houstonians. Founded by the Menil's, built for 6 of Rothko's darker paintings. It is a place to sit and think, reflect and clear your mind. I go frequently and have for years.

Thank susan t
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These "Chapel" with the magnificent paintings by Rothko is a must see in Houston. Every time I am in Houston I go. Beautiful place and very peaceful. This is not attached to any religion. You can not take photos inside

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here after viewing the Rothko exhibit at MFAH. What a beautiful place. Perfect place of peace and escape. Meditation with your eyes open.

Thank Jdp441
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you appreciate Mark Rothkos work, you will enjoy this experience. The chapel is small but is a beautiful, serene sanctuary to enjoy quiet reflection in the presence of famous artwork.

Thank F M

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