ROHTKO | Lukasz Twarkowski at Onassis Stegi

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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.

Once witnessed, never forgotten. Like Rothko’s paintings.

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.

Can a forged painting still move you?

What do originals matter in a time of NFTs and blockchains?

Who decides the value of a work of art?

How free is an artist?

What is art, at the end of the day?

What does art matter – what does life itself matter – now that virtual realities exist?

A series of such questions are threaded through this four-hour performance by the up-and-coming European director Łukasz Twarkowski, appearing in Onassis Stegi for the second time to present an epic, masterful, and singular story about our troubled times.


Friday 8 March 2024 - Sunday 10 March 2024 7:00 pm

3h 55min (with a 20-minute interval)

The performance is in Latvian and English with Greek and English surtitles.
Strobe lights will be used during the performance.For the purposes of the work, the actors smoke on stage during the performance.

Onassis Stegi, 107-109 Syngrou Avenue 11745 Athens, Greece



Full price: 7, 25, 35, 45 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 20, 28, 36 €
Groups 10+ people: 18, 25, 32 €
Neighborhood residents: 7 €(Onassis Stegi Neighbors can purchase their tickets only at the Onassis Stegi Box Office from Wednesday to Friday, between 12:00 and 18:00. Access from the “Artists Entrance” on Galaxia Street.)
Unemployed, People with disabilities: 5 €
Companions: 10 €

Onassis Stegi Friends presale: from Saturday, 10 February, 17:00
General presale: from Friday, 16 February, 17:00

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