Preview of Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera at Pallant House, Chichester.

Exhibit: Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Masterpieces from The Gelman Collection
Dates: 9 July – 2 October 2011

Description: The two most famous artists to have come from Mexico, the lives of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) have attained a mythological status. This major touring exhibition, which comes to Chichester from Istanbul and Dublin, brings together works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera for the first time ever in the UK.

My review: From colour photographs to pictures drawn with Kahlo’s feet this collection is vast to say the least. Meaning even people not familiar with the artists work will find something to inspire them.

My favourite piece has to be Self-portrait with Necklace – Frida Kahlo. Oil on panel. 1933. For me Kahlo’s appeal is in her many dimensions and this painting seems to capture them. She appears both fragile and strong, tired but determined, upset but serene.. the list goes on.

The description on the wall goes some way to explaining the turmoil which shines through, in and from, the brushstrokes. At the time Kahlo was trying to overcome the depression and unhappiness of her miscarriage in July of the previous year. It seems then an exquiste example of “putting on a brave face.” Wearing her much loved necklace of pre-Columbian jade beads the portrait, while saturated with sadness, clearly shows she was trying to get back to a normal life.

For more information about this exhibition and more please visit the Pallant House website.


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