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“Frida Kahlo e Diego Rivera. La collezione Gelman”, Padova, Italy

14 February 2023 | 04 June 2023

This is a choral exhibition, curated by Daniela Ferretti, featuring no less than 23 works by Frida Kahlo and 9 by Diego Rivera. But also starring in the exhibition is photography. Karl Wilhem Kahlo, Frida's father, a German Jew who emigrated to Mexico, was a skilled architectural photographer. Frida, very young, accompanied him on his campaigns around Mexico, and this collaboration greatly influenced his art. Frida herself attracted the attention of the best international photographers of her time. The exhibition thus features portraits taken by Héctor Garcia, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Giséle Freund, Martin Munkacsi, Nickolas Muray, Lucienne Bloch, and Edward Weston.

In the exhibition catalog Victoria Combalía answers the question about "Why are so many people equally fascinated by Frida's life and works?" "Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderón came into the world on July 6, 1907 in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City. Years later she would dedicate a painting to her own birth: a child who appears to be dead rises from a woman whose face is concealed by a sheet; on the bed, an effigy of Our Lady of Sorrows pierced by swords, as a kind of omen of all misfortunes to come. With great perspicacity and a good dose of machismo, Diego Rivera said that Frida expressed 'with absolute frankness and in a quietly fierce way, the general facts that affect women exclusively' For him, as for Picasso, woman was destined to suffer. It was no accident that he had stated, 'The more I love a woman, the more I wish to hurt her.' In reality, three different Fridas seem to have existed, if not more. One is the one revealed in the artist's letters and writings: a suffering and unstable person, but also lively, politically combative, always looking for love, contradictory, ironic and endowed with a great sense of humor. The second is the haughty Frida who nails her gaze on the viewer to the point of hypnotization, impassive and with her face slightly tilted to one side. The last is the one who, without ever neglecting pride and demeanor, presents herself as a mask of pain; the icon, soon to be converted into a symbol of women's suffering, on which the interpretation of her painting as a vindication of the female condition is based. Today as yesterday, the myth of Frida Kahlo lives on."

(taken from artemagazine.it)

The exhibition is organized by the Vergel Foundation, MondoMostre and Skira in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL) at the Centro Culturale Altinate, San Gaetano di Padova.

Other info and logistic details at the exhibition website link below.