Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism Exhibit
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are often credited as having played a crucial role in establishing a Mexican avant-garde. Their body of work often incorporated portrayals of mad, an identity born of Meexicanidxico’s ancient cultures and its colonial past that projected a visionary future.
Thirteen works by Diego, including his 1943 Calla Lilly Vendor will be showcased, and his famous murals that incorporated social and political messages aimed at reunifying Mexicans after the revolution will be explored. The exhibition will also include more than 20 of Frida’s paintings and drawings inspired by personal experience, Mexican folk art, and a world view that embraced contradictions, often called magical realism. Of these works, seven are self-portraits, including her 1943 painting Diego on my Mind.
In addition, the exhibit will cover the topic of important women artists during this period. For example, visitors will see María Izquierdo’s 1946 Naturaleza viva, which features a variety of still-life fruits, vegetables, and a conch shell, symbolic of Mexico’s authentic beauty and fresh goods that are abundant across the country. The shift in Mexico’s post-war modernism movement also will be demonstrated through artworks such as Carlos Mérida’s vibrant and bold 1959 painting titled Festival of the Birds, which uses figurative, surreal, and geometric styles to depict a flock of birds.