"Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico" opens at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

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"Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico" opens at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Diego Rivera, Calla Lily Vender, 1943, The Jacques and Natashs Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican art, and the Vergel Foundation. Photo: Gerardo Suter.



AUCKLAND.- Through more than 150 artworks, including Frida’s self-portraits and Diego’s paintings of Mexican life, the exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki reveals how the artists played a crucial role in defining a new art following the Mexican Revolution. Taking in Frida and Diego’s wider social and artistic circles, the exhibition includes the work of muralists David Siqueiros, Rufino Tamaro and María Izquierdo, whose star rivalled Frida’s own during their lifetimes. A large collection of photography on display reveals mid-century Mexican life through the lenses of Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Nickolas Muray.

Gain a deeper appreciation of cultural icon Frida Kahlo and see her original paintings in Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico, opening this Saturday the 15th, and which will continue on through January 22, 2023. Learn about the dualities that make Frida such a fascinating figure, as her story is brought to life in this spellbinding exhibition. Alongside Frida’s brilliant and uncompromising self-portraits, the exhibition showcases the statement works of Diego Rivera and includes more than 150 artworks by leading Mexican artists.




Come face to face with one of the twentieth century’s most recognisable cultural icons in an international exhibition touring to Tāmaki Makaurau this spring. Through Frida Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, the work of her husband, Diego Rivera, and leading artists in their circle, discover an extraordinary story of art, love and life.

From Frida’s inward exploration of personal identity to Diego’s outward interest in national character, learn why – despite very different artistic styles – the pair became two of Mexico’s most celebrated and inspiring personalities. Through more than 150 artworks, including Frida’s self-portraits and Diego’s paintings of Mexican life, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera reveals how the artists played a crucial role in defining a new art following the Mexican Revolution.Taking in Frida and Diego’s wider social and artistic circles, the exhibition includes the work of muralists David Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo and María Izquierdo, whose star rivalled Frida’s own during their lifetimes. A large collection of photography on display reveals mid-century Mexican life through the lenses of Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Nickolas Muray.

Visit Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico for a new look at one of art’s most renowned, tempestuous and passionate relationships in this New Zealand-exclusive show.










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