Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition in Adelaide

The Art Gallery of South Australia presents a new exhibition Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution which celebrates the artists as well as some of their Mexican contemporaries until 17 September.

Installation view: Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution, featuring Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with monkeys, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed

AGSA shares, ‘The couple, radical in their art and politics, were at the forefront of the artistic and cultural avant-garde in post-revolution Mexico from the 1920s to the 1950s.’

The exhibition situates the Frida and Diego in the context, politics, innovation and wonder of Mexican Modernism with its ties to folk art and also what was happening internationally, which seems like a fantastic opportunity to understand their work with greater nuance as they are so often presented as icons or examples ‘isolated genius’. The other artists who have work on view include Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, David Alfaro Siqueiros and more.

Installation view: Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed

‘Love & Revolution’ comprises 50 works, including paintings, works on paper, photographs and period clothing. The AGSA hopes the show will bring Australian audiences closer to ‘the intimate everyday stories of life and love as well as the grand narratives surrounding the political, social and cultural identity of Mexico and its peoples over the twentieth century.’

You are invited to extend your appreciation outside of the gallery walls with the Frida & Diego City Trail, a series of activations around Adelaide in restaurants, bars and photo-ops in the streets.