By Howard Pousner
In the decade since the hit film biography ‘Frida” was released, the High Museum of Art has received many requests for an exhibit of Frida Kahlo and her partner in brilliance and tumult, Diego Rivera.
That wish will be realized in early 2013 when the High opens the exhibition “Frida & Diego,” organized in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, both museums announced Wednesday. The only U.S. venue for the 75-work exhibit, the High will present the exhibit of the key Mexican modernists Feb. 16-May 12, 2013, after its premiere in Ontario in October.
“Frida & Diego” is being drawn mainly from the collection of Mexico City’s Museo Dolores Olmedo as well as the private Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art. The Gelmans were friends of Kahlo and Rivera who spent lavishly on art from a fortune made in Mexican film production.
The exhibit will spotlight Kahlo and Rivera’s lives together and apart, their politics and relationship to society and how their views and activism influenced their work, according to an Art Gallery of Ontario statement.
Major Kahlo paintings to be shown include “Henry Ford Hospital” (1932), “Self Portrait with Monkeys” (1943) and “The Broken Column” (1944). Notable works by Rivera will include “Self Portrait” (1930), “The Flowered Canoe” (1931) and “Calla Lily Vendor” (1943). The largest piece by Rivera, famed for his murals, will be “El Picador” (1909), a 69-by-44-inch oil.