Diego Rivera, among other influential artists in the post-war Mexican Modernism movement, will be featured.

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced last week that a "Mexican Modernism" exhibition featuring the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will be coming to Denver. A collection of 150 works of original art will be on display in the traveling exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.

According to the press release, works by the two famed painters, as well as contemporaries such as Carlos Mérida (1969 painting Festival of the Birds), Maria Izquierdo (1946 painting Naturaleza), and other influences from the post-war Modernism era of Mexican art, will be on display. The exhibit will give visitors a look into the role that indigenous peoples and their cultural influence, and the role that played in the emergence of national identity through art and artists after the ending of the Mexican Revolution in 1920.

The exhibit will be on display in the Anschutz and Martin & McCormick Galleries from October 25, 2020, through January 17, 2021. The exhibit is organized by MondoMostre and locally curated by Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the museum.  

“I hope this exhibition increases the understanding and appreciation of artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and the iconic Mexican modernist artists of the 20th century,” said Hart.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were a love story for the ages, a pairing full of passion, fighting, provocation, extramarital affairs, divorce, reconciliation, and activism. The two were 20 years apart in age, yet connected for a lifetime, and spent 25 years painting and influencing each other.

Kahlo painted vibrant artwork that was inspired by her personal life experiences and emotions, Mexican folk art, and magical realism and is most known for her raw and honest self-portraits. She was also influenced by Rivera, who is considered one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century. Rivera painted murals and frescos and is known for a unique style of blending traditional techniques with more modern European painting methods. His works on display will include the very well-known 1943 painting Calla Lilly Vendor, depicting a scene of two mestizo women.

“With the centennial anniversary of the end of the Mexican Revolution upon us, we look forward to presenting an exhibition that highlights this vital period in history through a variety of artistic mediums,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at the DAM. “This is the first time we will showcase more than 20 artworks by the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, which includes paintings and drawings.”

Seven of Kahlo’s renowned self-portraits will be on display, including the famed Diego on my Mind, painted during the brief period of time the two were divorced. Kahlo painted herself in a traditional Tehuana dress as she reflected on the tumultuous relationship she had with Rivera.

Ticket prices and exhibition schedules have yet to be announced. This is likely to be a very in-demand ticket when the exhibition opens, so keep an eye on Our Community Now for more updates.

The museum is currently hosting the largest collection of Claude Monet’s paintings that have been on display in decades.

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