Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre is a multifunctional complex of contemporary art, culture and education situated in the Arsenal building at Daugavpils Fortress. It is the only place in Eastern Europe where the original masterpieces of the famous painter and the founder of the abstract expressionism Mark Rothko can be seen. Daugavpils Fortress is an outstanding fortification that occupies more than ha. The only early 19th century fortress in Eastern Europe that has remained virtually unchanged.
Before all that though, even getting to Daugavpils — an industrial city in the far-east corner of Latvia — proved to be an adventure in itself. The bus station at Daugavpils was a simple affair; glass and metal, cigarette smoke and the fumes of coaches as they advanced, reversed and shunted around each other in a clumsy dance. It was dark by the time I arrived. My host lived out in the semi-rural suburbs of the city, and so I looked for a taxi. It was time to try them out.