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“Nice place - rude staff”
Review of Rothko Chapel

Rothko Chapel
Ranked #49 of 326 things to do in Houston
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A tribute to contemporary art: this beautiful building contains 14 paintings by the famous artist Mark Rothko and a sculpture by Barnett Newman.
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We visited the chapel on our last day in Texas before leaving to Germany. We wanted a quiet place for a short break. The chapel itself ist nice, we especially liked the idea of a denominal church. This idea is expressed by a choice of sacred scriptures (Holy Bible, Thora etc.) at the entrance of the chapel.
We wanted to take a picture of these books arranged at the front door because this arrangement expresses very good the idea of a denominal church which we don't have in Germany. So we wanted to show this picture to our high school students back in Germany as an example for open minded thinking. But one of the ladies became rude and unfriendly telling us that it's their policy not to allow pictures. No reason why, just their "policy". To make it clear: we did not want to take a picture of the artwork, nothing inside the chapel, with no other visitors present, no posing with thumbs up or so. Just the books at the front door! However, she ruined the nice and quiet, kind of spiritual experience we just had inside the chapel with her behaviour.

We will definitely never go back and keep this experience in our mind as the worst visitor service in Texas.

2  Thank PascalausGB
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

"In 2011 the Chapel celebrated its fortieth anniversary, having achieved, in those years, recognition as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the second half of the twentieth century."

This is a direct quote from the chapel website and brochure. I was visiting family that live close to the Chapel and Menil Collection Art Museum. We walked through both. We had no prior knowledge about the Rothko Chapel. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing. Yes, it is quiet, yes it is peaceful and yes if you want to sit and meditate it is a great space. But don't tell me it is some fantastic artistic achievement that makes top ten lists and is ground breaking etc. etc. While sitting in the chapel all I could think about was the story about the Emperor's Clothes.

4  Thank TX4Fun
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Very dim setting, nice colors, its hard to explain what the Rothko chapel is, because their are few settings like it. I think many locals cherish and visit it on a frequent basis.

Thank enlit
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

The Rothko Chapel was custom-designed for the large monochomatic artwork of Mark Rothko, who participated in the design. You won't find any paintings of any religious figures, but you will find a quiet and spiritual place in which you can project whatever spirituality you want in one of the most peaceful settings you'll ever find.

1  Thank Rick F
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Several large Rothko paintings in atrium built to house the paintings. Unique space well-suited to meditation.

Thank CaseyandD
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