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Vandalised Rothko Painting Goes Back On Display

Tuesday 13th May 2014

A painting worth millions of pounds which was vandalised at London's Tate Modern has gone back on display after 18 months of restoration work.

Rothko's Black on Maroon

Black On Maroon was defaced by Wlodzimierz Umaniec in October 2012. He claimied to stand for an arts protest movement called 'yellowism' and scrawled his named and the words "12 a potential piece of yellowism" onto the 1958 painting.

Umaniec was jailed for two years in December 2012.

Black on Maroon was one of Rothko's acclaimed Seagram murals. The artist donated it to the Tate in 1970.

Tate has said that the damage will always remain under the surface of the work but it had now been conserved to "displayable condition".

Rothko's Black on Maroon

Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota said the painting was one of the best-known and most-loved in its collection.

He said: "I am delighted that everyone can once again come to Tate Modern and see Rothko's magnificent Black on Maroon.

"Looking after its collection, Tate has a conservation team that is one of the best in the world. Their expertise, rigour, patient work and respect for the painting has enabled us to return it to public view, as envisaged by Mark Rothko."