The Art Gallery of New South Wales is currently exhibiting personal letters, photographs, artworks and short films documenting Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's lives. It is the first time that their work has been exhibited in Sydney and is from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.
Dr Michael Brand, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, said the exhibition presents an important opportunity for Australian audiences across the nation.
“It has been more than a decade since either Kahlo or Rivera’s work has been seen in Australia and it is the first time ever their work has been exhibited in Sydney.
“The exhibition reveals the artists’ fiercely independent artistic visions while also pointing to political, cultural and personal concerns that affected them both,” Brand said.
Robert Littman, President of the Vergel Foundation which owns and manages the Gelman Collection, said he is delighted that Kahlo and Rivera’s masterpieces will be seen in Sydney for the first time.
“Natasha and Jacques Gelman enthusiastically acquired and commissioned works by Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, when there were only a handful of collectors in Mexico.
“Their passion for Mexican art continues through the Vergel Foundation which actively collects
contemporary Mexican art and supports Mexican artists,” said Littman.
“Kahlo and Rivera were a constant inspiration to one another. They remained companions through
marriage, separation, a multitude of affairs, financial troubles, considerable bouts of illness and a troubled political landscape,” Chambers said.
“Their dedication and respect for one another’s practice was unrelenting and this exhibition highlights that enduring connection,” Chambers added.
“Fridamania” is alive and well in Sydney with the Gallery experiencing one of the highest-ever advance tickets sales of an exhibition prior to opening. Timed ticketing will assist to accommodate the enormous interest in the exhibition. For the duration of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: from the Jacques and Natasha
Gelman Collection gallery-goers are encouraged to book in advance to secure entry to the exhibition.
When 25 June - 9 October 2016
Where Art Gallery of NSW
More Information artgallery.nsw.gov.au/frida