19 | FEB | 2019
Self Portrait as a Tehuana (1943) also know as Diego in My Thoughts – Photo: Taken from ZAMEK Culture Centre website

"Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Polish Context"

Mexico City
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Explores the little-known connections that the artists had to Poland

"Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Polish Context" is the art exhibition that explores the little-known connections between Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera had to Poland introducing works inspired by Mexico's indigenous cultures to a European audience.

The exhibition features iconic Kahlo self-portraits and Rivera paintings along with works by two Polish-born artists.

The little-known story of the mysterious disappearance of a Kahlo painting titled “The Wounded Table” after its exhibition in Warsaw in 1955 is included hoping that perhaps "Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Polish Context" will lead to clues or information regarding the missing painting.

Organizers included a photo of the missing surrealist painting. In 1955, Poland was a Soviet satellite state at the time and Kahlo, a communist, donated the painting to the Soviet Union, which "was not pleased with the gift" given that the Soviet authorities favored Socialist realism, curator Prignitz-Poda said.

Nobody knows what happened to “The Wounded Table.” One theory is that the Soviets disliked it so much they destroyed it.


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The exhibition features 29 works by Kahlo, most of them from the Jacques Collection and Natasha Gelman Collection bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. There are 10 paintings by Rivera, who was best known for his murals which will be projected in order to provide a complete spectrum of his work.

The two Polish artists are photographer Bernice Kolko who took pictures of Kahlo during her last years of life, even in intimate moments such as the artist at her deathbed and at her funeral, and Fanny Rabel who was a student of Kahlo's and an apprentice to Rivera becoming one of the first women muralists in Mexico.

"This is an exhibition which has a lot of contrasts, including very well-known works and unknown works," Prignitz-Poda said.

The exhibition will have guided tours, workshops, lectures, and courses available.


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"Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Polish Context" will be opened until January 21, 2018, at the ZAMEK Culture Center in Poznan.

For more information on "Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Polish Context" visit the following website: http://bit.ly/2xOCFKb.


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