Padua. “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – The Gelman Collection” exhibition until 04/06

In Padua from Feb. 14, a major exhibition recounts the two Mexican artists who have risen to worldwide legendary status: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. A choral exhibition that is offered at the Centro Culturale Altinate – San Gaetano.

The fundamental nucleus of the works comes from the celebrated U.S. collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman: the couple had an intense relationship with the two Mexican artists, by whom they also had their portraits taken. Several key works by Frida, including her most famous self-portraits, and Diego, featured in the exhibition, entered their collection.

Alongside great painting to be offered is also photography. Karl Wilhem Kahlo, German Jewish émigré father of Frida, was a skilled architectural photographer. Frida, very young, accompanied him on his campaigns around Mexico and this collaboration greatly influenced his art. A colorful section, is reserved for Mexican costumes, whose colors reverberate in her works and in his works, from murals to oils on canvas.

It is the iconic, strong, living Mexico that emerges in this exhibition, that land and people that in the middle part of the 1900s attracted intellectuals, artists, militants and adventurers from the Old World. And no one like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera was able to translate that world of passion, beauty, strength and suffering into art.

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