The Art Gallery of New South Wales has snared a collection of 40 artworks by revered Mexican artist and feminist Frida Kahlo and her husband and muralist, Diego Rivera.
Entitled simply Frida and Diego, the exhibition gives insight into the pair’s colourful, often tumultuous world, drawn from the impressive collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman.
Opening next June, Frida and Diego will also include a number of photographs taken by some of the 20th century’s most respected photographers, including Edward Weston, Nickolas Muray and Frida’s father, Guillermo.
The exhibition takes in well-known works such as Kahlo’s 1943 self-portrait Diego on my mind and another work from 1938, Self-portrait with monkeys, both featuring Kahlo’s inscrutable and intense stare, hallmark brow and braids.
"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.
The exhibition tracks key moments in the artists’ lives, from Kahlo’s birth to her death in 1954, aged 47.
Frida and Diego will follow an exhibition of another captivating figure: Actress and model, Cate Blanchett in Manifesto.
Touring directly from ACMI in Melbourne, Manifesto is an intriguing video installation from Berlin-based moving-image artist Julian Rosefeldt. It explores some of history’s greatest artistic manifestos. These are delivered in character by a near-unrecognisable Blanchett. Each video asks, “What is the power of those fighting words today?”
Manifesto opens at the AGNSW May 28; Frida and Diego runs June 25 to October 9, 2016.