ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art
in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario is organizing a major exhibition of work by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the two central figures of Mexican Modernism. The exhibition Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting features some of the best examples of Kahlo and Riveras work with approximately 140 works primarily drawn from the collection of Mexicos Museo Dolores Olmedo, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, and the Galería Arvil. The exhibition pairs together works by Frida and Diego chronologically and according to themes, including maternity, Mexican identity, and portraiture. The High Museum of Art is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition. The exhibition will remain on view through May 12, 2013.
Frida & Diego is particularly significant because it marks the first time important works by these two influential Mexican artists are being shown in the Southeast, said Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Director of the High Museum of Art. By working with Art Gallery of Ontario, the High Museum of Art continues its commitment to collaborative partnerships that bring great works of art from around the world to Atlanta.
Frida & Diego positions the artists work in the political and artistic contexts of their time. Few artists have captured the public's imagination with the force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907 1954) and her husband, the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera (1886 1957). The myths that surrounded them in their lifetime arose not only from their significant body of work, but also from their active participation in the historical happenings of their time. Their work speaks of a fierce loyalty to and pride in Mexico, the ideals of the 1910 Mexican revolution and their commitment to the conditions of the common man.
Most scholarship about Frida and Diego focuses on their tumultuous relationship as a couple rather than their shared ideas and ideals, said Elliott King, guest curator of the exhibition. Frida & Diego instead focuses on how the artists influenced each other while learning from and sharing in each others successes and failures. It considers both artists in a shared cultural and political context.
Key works by Kahlo in the exhibition include:
The Bus, 1929
Hospital Henry Ford (Henry Ford Hospital), 1932
My Dress Hangs There, 1933
My Nurse and I, 1937
Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940
Autorretrato con Monos (Self Portrait with Monkeys), 1943
Diego on my Mind, 1943
La Columna Rota (The Broken Column), 1944
El Abrazo de Amor de el Universo, La Tierra (México), Diego, yo y el Señor Xólotl (The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me and Señor Xólotl), 1949
Key works by Rivera in the exhibition include:
El Joven de la Estilografica (Portrait of Best Maugard), 1914
No. 9, Nature Morte Espagnole, 1915
Flower Day, 1925
Autorretrato (Self Portrait), 1930
La Canoa Enflorada (The Flowered Canoe), 1931
Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita, 1931
Vendedora de Alcatraces (Calla Lily Vendor), 1943
Portrait of Natasha Gelman, 1943
The Museo Dolores Olmedo houses the worlds largest collection of works by Kahlo. The museums collection also features numerous works by Rivera that helped establish the Mexican School of Painting, as well as his portraits, both of which are represented in Frida & Diego. The exhibition also features works from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, which comprises the largest private holding of 20th-century Mexican art, spanning works from the 1910s to the 1990s. Friends of Rivera and Kahlo, the Gelmans amassed a significant number of their works, including Kahlos inventive self-portraits and Riveras portrait of Natasha Gelman from 1943.