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Frida Kahlo at the Venice Biennale 2024 curated by Adriano Pedrosa

05 February 2024

The Venice Biennale 2024, with the theme 'Strangers Everywhere', will bring together 331 artists, exploring themes of identity, nationality and belonging, from 20 April to 24 November 2024. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, the director of São Paulo’s Museu de Arte, this edition focuses on different narratives, from contemporary to historical, showing the multiple experiences of being an outsider in today's interconnected world.

This year's Venice Biennale is divided into two sections: Nucleo Contemporaneo, spotlighting contemporary foreign and indigenous artists, and Nucleo Storico, exploring historical works.

The Nucleo Storico (historical nuclei) will explore works from 20th-century Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, focusing on global modernisms and challenging the boundaries of modernism definitions. 

European modernism travelled far beyond Europe throughout the 20th century, often intertwined with colonialism, and many artists in the Global South travelled to Europe to be exposed to it. Yet modernism was appropriated, devoured and cannibalised in the Global South, repeatedly taking on radically new shapes and forms in dialogue with local and indigenous references,” stated Pedrosa earlier this year.

The Nucleo Storico will have three different rooms: Portraits, Abstractions, and a dedicated space for the worldwide Italian artistic diaspora in the 20th century.

The Portraits room will showcase works from 112 different artists, including Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Frida's painting “Diego and I” (1949) will hang alongside "Retrato de Ramón Gómez de la Serna" (1915) by her husband and fellow artist, Diego Rivera.

Detailed info at the link below.

Read also the Independent article here.