Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting

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Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting

317 Dundas Street
West Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
October 20th, 2012 - January 20th, 2013
Opening: October 20th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Chinatown / Kensington Market / The Grange
Toll free: 1-877-225-4246
Thurs to Tues 10am - 5.30pm, Wed 10am - 8.30pm, Closed Monday
works on paper, photographs


The exhibition Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting features more than 80 paintings and works on paper by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico's revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico's most famous artists. Assembled from three distinguished Mexican private collections on Mexican art, the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Colección Gelman, and Galería Arvil, the exhibition provides the opportunity to view almost one quarter of Kahlo's entire body of work and a range of Rivera's painting styles from his early cubist period and studies for his Mexican murals to his portraits and later landscapes.

During their lifetime together as a married couple, Rivera achieved international prominence as a muralist artist, while Kahlo's intimate paintings were embraced by the Surrealist movement and the Mexican art world but not well known in the broader context of art and modernism. Guest-curated at the AGO by Dot Tuer, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting offers a new perspective on their artistic significance for the 21st century: one which encompasses how their paintings reflect both the dramatic story of their lives together and their artistic commitment to the transformative political and cultural values of post-revolutionary Mexico.