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“Frida & Diego : Passion, Politics and Painting”

20 October 2012 | 20 January 2013

“Frida & Diego : Passion, Politics and Painting” was an important retrospective confronting the work of Frida and Diego Rivera.

The exhibition offered 75 artworks which questioned the couple’s relationship, but also their relations to society, politics and the influence of their commitment in their work. Among the famous artworks, there will be some of Kahlo’s self portraits, including Autorretrato con monos (1943) or The Broken Column, from the collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo. The institution, which owns most of Kahlo’s work, loaned the paintings for the retrospective.

Guest-curated at the Art Gallery of Ontario by OCAD University professor and cultural historian Dot Tuer, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting offered a new perspective on their artistic significance for the 21st century: one that encompassed how their paintings reflected both the dramatic story of their lives together and their artistic commitment to the transformative political and cultural values of post-revolutionary Mexico.

Artworks from Jacques and Natasha Gelman’s personal collection of Mexican art were also presented during the exhibition. The couple, friends of both artists, owns many artworks, including a portrait of Natasha Gelman by Diego Rivera