Frida & Diego at the AGO
Our MAP partner, The Art Gallery of Ontario's exhibition, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting* opens October 20, 2012 and is on until January 20, 2013.(*Note: MAP passes do not provide free admission to this specially ticketed exhibit)
Mexico's most famous 20th century artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were influenced by the politics and history of Mexico. Their relationship was tempestuous, rife with drama and infidelity. Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting features more than 80 paintings and works on paper by Kahlo and Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple.
The following materials are available at the library to compliment your visit to Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting:
"I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."
Frida Kahlo was a self taught artist best known for her self portraits which reflected her physical and emotional suffering.
Kahlo was influenced by indigenous Mexican culture. Her works included symbols, elements and images of Mexican history with a strong connection to her Amerindian roots.
Can't get enough Frida? The following books and DVD's can be found at the library:
"When art is true, it is one with nature. This is the secret of primitive art and also of the art of the masters — Michelangelo, Cezanne, Seurat, and Renoir. The secret of my best work is that it is Mexican."
Diego Rivera was a respected muralist who painted frescoes of Mexican life and history and of society after the Mexican Revolution in 1910. During Frida Kahlo's life, she was overshadowed by her husband and his more public artwork.
To find out more about Diego Rivera and his works, these titles and more are available at the library: