Frida Kahlo is one of the most recognisable cultural figures of all time. Famous for her striking self-portraits, the Mexican artist’s legacy will be highlighted alongside that of her husband, painter and muralist of revolutionary Mexico Diego Rivera – as well as a raft of influential Mexican creatives – in a new exhibition coming to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in October.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico will include more than 150 works, with paintings and drawings that span Kahlo’s career, and oil paintings by Rivera. Drawing from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman collection (one of the most significant private collections of Mexican modernism), the exhibition will also include works by muralists David Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo.
There will also be a collection of photography on show by Lola Álvarez Bravo (known as Mexico’s first female photographer, and one of its most important), Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Nickolas Muray – all of whom shot now-iconic photographs of Kahlo.
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“I couldn’t be more excited that Toi o Tāmaki will soon become home to such prestigious international art,” said gallery director Kirsten Lacy in a statement. “Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, are internationally recognised for their contributions to 20th century art. Both artists, despite possessing completely different styles, became two of Mexico’s most celebrated and inspiring personalities, representing Mexican identity through their work.”
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico will open on Saturday October 15. Entry is $24.50 for adults, free for members.