Celebrating Rothko


Mark Rothko, the late master of abstract art, spent his formative years in Portland and his spirit returned to the city on Feb. 18, 2012, when the Portland Art Museum, site of his debut museum exhibition in 1933, opened the first ever hometown retrospective of his work. During the exhibition, Hotel Lucia—a member of Provenance Hotels (provenancehotels.com)—will pay tribute to the artist with a Rothko in Retrospect package and offer guests discounted tickets to the concurrent Portland Center Stage’s run of “Red,” the Tony Award-winning play about Rothko.

The Rothko in Retrospect package includes overnight accommodations at Hotel Lucia—a property that has showcased the works of another Portland original, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly; two tickets to the exhibition—which features 45 works tracing Rothko’s creative path from the early figurative works of the 1920s, to the mature abstract style of floating, saturated color he developed prior to his death in 1970; a $20 certificate to the museum’s gift shop; and two “Red on The Rocks” cocktails, created to celebrate the exhibition and available for a limited time, this is a modern interpretation of the classic “old fashioned” featuring artisan Bulleit Bourbon, Cherry Heering liqueur and Campari artfully layered to evoke Rothko’s famous paintings.

The 127-guestroom Hotel Lucia—one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World for 2010—offers an art-filled boutique setting just steps from the city’s best shopping, restaurants and nightclubs. Amenities include Portland’s own Mada bath products; Portland Roasting coffee and Smith Teas; Provenance Hotels’ signature pillow, spiritual and iPod menus; and a “Get it Now” button on every hotel phone for the most whimsical desire or typical need.

The package is priced from $199 per night, plus tax, and is available through May 27, 2012. For more information, call (866) 986-8086 or visit hotellucia.com.