Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism

from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection 
Coming This Fall

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkeys, 1943, Oil on canvas. The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

Frida Kahlo, Diego on my Mind, 1943. Oil on Masonite; 29.9 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Necklace, 1933. Oil on metal; 13.8 x 11.4 in. (35 x 29 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

Diego Rivera, Calla Lilly Vendor, 1943. Oil on Masonite; 59.1 x 47.2 in. (150 x 120 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Gerardo Suter

Diego Rivera, Sunflowers, 1943. Oil on canvas; 35.4 x 51.2 in. (90 x 130 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

Diego Rivera, The Healer, 1943. Gouache on paper; 18.5 x 24 in. (47 x 61 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

María Izquierdo, Bride from Papantla, 1944. Oil on canvas; 49.2 x 38.4 in. (125 x 100 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © Estate of María Izquierdo. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

María Izquierdo, Naturaleza viva, 1946. Oil on canvas; 23.2 x 27.9 in. (125 x 100 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © Estate of María Izquierdo. Photo by Gerardo Suter. © Estate of María Izquierdo. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

Carlos Mérida, Festival of the Birds, 1959. Polished board; 19.7 x 15.7 in. (50 x 40 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

Carlos Mérida, Variation of an Old Theme, 1960, Oil on canvas. The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

Gunther Gerzso, Portrait of Mr. Jacques Gelman, 1957. Oil on canvas; 28.3 x 23.6 in. (72 x 60 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

David Alfaro Siqueiros, Portrait of Mrs. Natasha Gelman, 1950. Oil on canvas; 47.2 x 39.4 in. (120 x 100 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City. Photo by Gerardo Suter.

Nickolas Muray, Frida with Olmeca Figurine, 1939. Carbon print; 10.7 x 15.7 in. (27.3 x 40 cm). The Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). Photo by Nickolas Muray; © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives, courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art, New York City.

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Featuring more than 150 artworks by internationally celebrated artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, and others, this exhibition will take a closer look at the role art, artists, and their supporters played in the emergence of national identity and creative spirit after the Mexican Revolution ended in 1920.

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism will explore the Mexican modernism movement through paintings and photography.

Frida and Diego

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are often credited as having played a crucial role in establishing a Mexican avant-garde. Their body of work often incorporated portrayals of mexicanidad, an identity born of Mexico’s ancient cultures and its colonial past that projected a visionary future. The exhibition will showcase 13 works by Diego, including his 1943 Calla Lilly Vendor. In addition, the exhibition will explore his famous murals that incorporated social and political messages aimed at reunifying Mexicans after the revolution.

The exhibition will include more than 20 of Frida’s paintings and drawings inspired by personal experience, Mexican folk art, and a world view that embraced contradictions, often called magical realism. Of these works, seven are self-portraits, including her 1943 painting Diego on my Mind.

Mexican Modernist Contemporaries

This exhibition also will cover the topic of important women artists during this period. For example, visitors will see María Izquierdo’s 1946 Naturaleza viva, which features a variety of still-life fruits, vegetables, and a conch shell, symbolic of Mexico’s authentic beauty and fresh goods that are abundant across the country.

The shift in Mexico’s post-war modernism movement also will be demonstrated through artworks such as Carlos Mérida’s vibrant and bold 1959 painting titled Festival of the Birds, which uses figurative, surreal, and geometric styles to depict a flock of birds.

The Gelman Collection

Most of the works on view will be from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Jacques and Natasha assembled a robust collection of Mexican modernist artworks by collecting primarily from friends, such as Frida and Diego, who completed commissioned paintings for the family.

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Exposición

Se inaugura el 25 de octubre de 2020

Edificio Hamilton, Nivel 2

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Esta exposición presenta más de 150 obras de los artistas de reconocimiento internacional Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo y Carlos Mérida, entre otros, y examinará en detalle el papel del arte, los artistas y sus adeptos en el surgimiento de la identidad nacional y el espíritu creativo después de que terminó la Revolución mexicana en 1920.

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism (Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera y el modernismo mexicano) explorará el movimiento del modernismo mexicano a través de la pintura y la fotografía.

Frida y Diego

A Frida Kahlo y a Diego Rivera a menudo se les atribuye un papel crucial al establecer un avant-garde mexicano. Sus obras con frecuencia incorporaban representaciones de mexicanidad: una identidad nacida de las culturas antiguas de México y de su pasado colonial que proyectaban un futuro visionario. La exposición presentará 13 obras de Diego, entre ellas, Vendedor de alcatraces, de 1943. Además, explorará sus murales famosos que incorporaban mensajes sociales y políticos que tenían como objetivo reunificar a los mexicanos después de la Revolución.

La exposición incluirá más de 20 pinturas y dibujos de Frida inspirados en su experiencia personal, el arte folclórico mexicano y una perspectiva global que acogía contradicciones, conocida como realismo mágico. De esas obras, siete son autorretratos, entre ellas, el cuadro de 1943 Diego en mis pensamientos.

Modernistas mexicanos contemporáneos

La exposición también cubrirá el tema de las artistas importantes de ese periodo. Por ejemplo, los visitantes verán la obra de 1946 de María Izquierdo, Naturaleza viva, un bodegón con frutas, verduras y un caracol, símbolos de la belleza auténtica de México y de sus productos agrícolas, muy abundantes por todo el país.

El cambio del movimiento modernista de la posguerra de México también se expondrá por medio de obras como la pintura vibrante y colorida de Carlos Mérida, Fiesta de pájaros, de 1959, que usa los estilos figurativo, surrealista y geométrico para representar una bandada de pájaros.

La Colección Gelman

La mayoría de las obras expuestas serán de la Colección Jacques y Natasha Gelman. Jacques y Natasha reunieron una colección robusta de obras modernistas mexicanas principalmente de amigos, como Frida y Diego, que realizaron pinturas de la familia bajo encargo.

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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection is organized by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). Additional funding is provided by Lauren and Geoff Smart, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.