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. In this New Zealand-exclusive show, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico, offers a new look at one of art’s most renowned, tempestuous and passionate relationships.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera reveals the artists’ crucial role in defining a new art following the Mexican Revolution using over 150 artworks, including Kahlo’s self-portraits and Rivera’s paintings of Mexican life.
From Kahlo’s inward exploration of personal identity to her husband, Rivera’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 Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, the work of Rivera, and leading artists in their circle, you’ll discover an extraordinary story of art, love and life.
“I couldn’t be more excited that Toi o Tāmaki will soon become home to such prestigious international art,” says Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy.
“Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, are internationally recognised for their contributions to twentieth-century art. Both artists, despite possessing completely different styles, became two of Mexico’s most celebrated and inspiring personalities, representing Mexican identity through their work.”
Taking in Kahlo 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.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico is on show at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki from Saturday 15 October 2022 – Sunday 22 January 2023.