The play, which was cherished by audiences and critics alike last season, is back this year. A monumental spectacle of an experience on the border between theater, film, and video art by Poland’s leading contemporary director Łukasz Twarkowski, who introduced himself to Greece and Onassis Stegi last year and made an impression with this iconoclastic performance that dives deep into the abyss that is contemporary art and centers on the strange individual that was the expressionist artist Mark Rothko.

From 8 to 10 March Rohtko comes again to the Main Stage of the Onassis Stegi with the clear promise that whoever sees it, will not forget it. Like Rohtko’s paintings. Łukasz Twarkowski, with a long collaboration with the also iconic Polish director Krystian Lupa, delivers a spectacle-experience, on the borders of theatre, cinema and video art, an iconoclastic show-dive into the sanctuary of contemporary art, with expressionist Mark Rothko at the centre. And if you noticed the anagram in the title of the show and Rothko’s name, it’s not a mistake, but a deliberate misrepresentation by the creators of the piece, as at the heart of the piece is a true story of art forgery: a few years ago a painting by the pioneering abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko sold for the astronomical sum of $8.5 million. Only, as it turned out, the painting was a fake. One of the biggest fraud scandals in the history of modern art is erupting.

A Chinese restaurant, with hanging lanterns and cooks standing over pans of noodles, an all-white New York gallery with neon signs, the messily unmade double bed of an artist from Latvia who would go on to change the course of contemporary art history, and three giant screens on the Onassis Stegi Main Stage. This setting – a cross between a film set and a video art project flooded with loud, atmospheric beats – is to be inhabited by famous painters and Chinese cooks, gallerists, art dealers and forgers, patrons of the art world and food delivery drivers.

At the heart of it all is the true story of an art forgery: a painting by the pioneering abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko, which sold for the astronomical sum of 8.5 million dollars. As it turns out, the painting was a forgery, making the affair one of the most scandalous instances of fraud in contemporary art history.

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