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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Gelman Collection - Phoenix, The Heard Museum

11 April 2017 | 20 August 2017

The Gelman Collection was founded in 1941 when Jacques and Natasha Gelman Zahalkaha, two immigrants from Eastern Europe, meet and marry in Mexico City: Jacques was a Russian jew of St. Petersburg, who emigrated to France after the October Revolution and arrived in 1938 in Mexico, where it makes fortune producing comedy films of Mario Moreno, the Mexican Charlie Chaplin. In 1943 Jacques commissioned Diego Rivera a portrait of Natasha, which the public can see exposed in the exhibition is the beginning of a great collection. The Gelman spouses begin to collect the works of the greatest Mexican artists - María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Ángel Zárraga - and of course Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, destined to become one of the most famous couples of artists in the world, both for their work and for their endless, intense and destructive love affair. 
Among the works of Frida: Portrait with Necklace (1933), Self-portrait sitting on the bed (1937), Self-Portrait with Monkeys (1943), Self-Portrait as Tehuana (1943) and those inextricably linked to his love Diego, as The loving embrace of the universe, The earth (Mexico), Diego, me and Mr. Xolotl (1949).

The exhibit also features a chronological look – in photos – of both Kahlo and Rivera. The first starts with Kahlo family photo and ends with her in a coffin. The exhibit itself has more than 50 photographs taken by Edward Weston, Lola Álvarez Bravo, and Frida Kahlo’s father, Guillermo Kahlo.

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