Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism | Denver Art Museum

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism | Denver Art Museum

October 16, 2020

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism explores the Mexican modernism movement through more than 150 artworks.

Featuring paintings and photographs by internationally celebrated artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, and others, the exhibition takes a closer look at the role that art, artists, and their supporters played in the emergence of national identity and creative spirit after the Mexican Revolution ended in 1920.

Frida and Diego

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 mexicanidad, an identity born of Mexico’s ancient cultures and its colonial past that projected a visionary future. The exhibition will showcase 13 works by Diego, including his 1943 Calla Lilly Vendor. In addition, the exhibition will explore his famous murals that incorporated social and political messages aimed at reunifying Mexicans after the revolution.

The exhibition will 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.

"Self Portrait with Monkeys", Frida Kahlo, Oil on Canvas

 

Mexican Modernist Contemporaries

This exhibition also 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.

The Gelman Collection

Most of the works on view will be from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Jacques and Natasha assembled a robust collection of Mexican modernist artworks by collecting primarily from friends, such as Frida and Diego, who completed commissioned paintings for the family.

Exhibition Dates: 25th October 2020 to January 24th 2021

Exhibition Hours: Daily 10am–5pm | Friday until 10pm

Venue: Denver Art Museum, 100 W, 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

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