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In 2008/09 Tate Modern presented an exhibition of the late works of Mark Rothko. The show’s curator, Achim Borchardt-Hume, takes us on a tour featuring the iconic Seagram Murals, Black-Form paintings, and the Black on Grey paintings — the last series made before Rothko’s death in 1970.

We find out how much importance Rothko placed on the way his work was displayed, and why these mysterious rectangles of layered pigment hold such enduring appeal.

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