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Thursday 21 September 2017

Vandalised Mark Rothko painting back on display 18 months after man defaced it with yellow paint

Sherna Noah

A painting by Mark Rothko which was vandalised at Tate Modern has gone back on display after 18 months of restoration work.

Wlodzimierz Umaniec defaced the 1958 painting Black On Maroon and was jailed for two years for the crime in December 2012.

The vandal, who co-founded the artistic movement "yellowism", stepped over a barrier in the gallery and daubed his name and the words "12 a potential piece of yellowism" before fleeing.

Rothko donated Black On Maroon, one of his acclaimed Seagram murals, to the Tate in 1970.

It was vandalised with graffiti ink in October 2012.

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

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."

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