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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Posted on : October 17, 2011 Author : Gothenburg_Museum
Click to Enlarge! Frida Kahlo, The bride frightened at seeing life opened, 1943.

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera 

Works from Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art

23 October - 22 January 2012

The Gothenburg Museum of Art presents the first exhibition in Sweden with one of the art world’s most celebrated couples, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

The exhibition showcases some thirty central works from the two artists’ production, from the Natasha & Jacques Gelman Collection of Modern Mexican Art, including a number of Frida Kahlo’s best-known self-portraits as well as important and rarely shown oil paintings by Diego Rivera. The presentation also comprises drawings, lithographs, collages and photographs, as well as a film by the Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura.

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) remained relatively unknown for a long time but is now one of the world’s most renowned female artists. She covered a wide and varied range of subjects but is perhaps best known for her deeply personal self-portraits that also deal with politics and national identity, multiculturalism and feminism on a general level, which lends her work topicality in a contemporary context.

Diego Rivera (1886-1957) had a distinguished and successful career but is today often overshadowed by his internationally more acclaimed wife. A prominent mural painter who executed major commissions in Mexico and the United States, including the Rockefeller Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts, he also worked extensively in many different materials and techniques and was regarded as a front figure of modernism both in Europe and the Americas.

Frida Kahlo’s and Diego Rivera’s art, marriage and dramatic life were documented by well-known photographers such as Nickolas Muray, Lucienne Bloch and Martin Munkácsi. Their photographs have inspired a torrent of books and films which have created an enormous interest in especially Frida Kahlo’s art, as well as led to numerous myths about the couple’s life.

Click to Enlarge! Diego Rivera, Portrait of Natasha Gelman, 1943.

The Gelman Collection was founded by film producer Jacques Gelman and his wife Natasha. It comprises over 300 works and is owned and managed by the Vergel Foundation, which is based in Mexico City and New York. In addition to works by European artists including Léger, Miró, Matisse and Picasso, the Gelman Collection is the world’s most important private collection of 20th century Mexican art.

The exhibition is supported by Cultural Affairs Committee, Region Västra Götaland. Main sponsor is the Sten A Olsson foundation for Research and Culture.

Frida Kahlo biography and resources

Diego Rivera biography and resources


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