The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated art displays for this year. Kahlo's artworks are renowned for the use of religious Mexican motifs, rich colours, surrealistic elements and dramatic symbolism while Rivera was most celebrated for his large frescoes that established the Mexican Mural Movement. The Art Gallery of NSW exhibits 33 works from the collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman which includes self-portraits by Frida Kahlo and classic canvas paintings by her long time partner, Diego Rivera.
In addition to the masterpieces by Kahlo and Rivera, the exhibition also displays photographs of the artists, providing exclusive insight to their personal lives. There are approximately 50 B/W and colour photographs by Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida's father, Guillermo Kahlo.
Frida with Olmec figurine (left, Nickolas Muray) and Frida Kahlo on white bench (right, Nickolas Muray)
Two areas of the exhibition presents these photographs on the left side of the walkway while a timeline of Kahlo's and Rivera's lives is conveniently labelled on the corresponding side. The exhibition displays quotes, information on the artworks and artists, explanations of the world's events and short analyses.
Calla lily vendor (Diego Rivera, oil on canvas, 1943)
This was a terrific exhibition that brilliantly captured Kahlo and Rivera's lives through artworks, sketchings, photographs, film and letters. The exhibition incorporates interactive devices that allows the viewers to be captivated through different mediums. A letter from Kahlo for her mother is accessible to read through the Ipads that are on display. There were four or five, allowing more viewers to be able to peruse efficiently and without interruption.
The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition is filled with plenty of information and artworks for your enjoyment and knowledge. It manages to showcase all the important pieces of their volatile relationship and their individual artistic journey. Parts of the exhibition space mirror the vibrancy of Kahlo's artworks and other areas capture the muted and subtlety of Rivera's works.
The exhibition is a treat for art lovers and even for those who are not interested in art! For the chance to see international and illustrious artists' work is significant and thankfully, we are able to view the artworks in person. The exhibition opened on the 25th of June and has been extended to the 23rd of October due to popular demand. For more information and prices on tickets, see this link.
TIPS: Try visiting the exhibition later in the coming months. Tickets sold out very quickly on the day I visited (26th June) since it is a popular event.