In June 2016, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will present an exhibition of 40 artworks by revered Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband and muralist, Diego Rivera.
Frida and Diego presents works from the significant collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, including highly celebrated self-portrait paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo, and major examples of Diego Rivera’s canvas paintings as well as numerous photographs by esteemed photographers Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida’s father, Guillermo Kahlo.
Each possessing their own highly unique creative vision and style, Kahlo and Riviera were both highly prolific. Frida described Diego as the “architect of life”, while Diego famously wrote to a friend, “I recommend her to you, not as a husband but as an enthusiastic admirer of her work, acid and tender, hard as steel and delicate and fine as a butterfly’s wing, loveable as a beautiful smile, and profound and cruel as the bitterness of life.”
Frida Kahlo’s paintings are vivid, honest, intense explorations of herself and the world around her. Abundant with colour and dramatic symbolism, Kahlo’s works blur the line between realism and surrealism, resulting in rich, emotive paintings both enigmatic and complex.
“Frida and Diego is put together from one of the most significant collections of modern art, and looks at the artistic dialogue of these two artists and how their tempestuous lives [contributed to those] 40 pieces,” says Justin Paton, head curator of international art at the AGNSW.
Frida and Diego runs from 25 June to 9 October 2016 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.