A collection of serious works by Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera, together with greater than 150 Mexican Modernist artworks, went on view this month on the Norton Museum of Artwork in West Palm Seashore, Florida. The exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Assortment (till 6 February 2022) displays on the “relationship and tastes that the Gelmans shared with the artists of their orbit”, says Ghislain d’Humières, the director and chief govt of the museum.
The late philanthropists—Jacques Gelman, a prolific filmmaker, and Natasha Gelman, his glamourous spouse—have been Japanese European immigrants who relocated to Mexico within the Nineteen Forties and have become avid collectors of Mexican artwork, amassing an enormous assortment of Trendy artwork and pre-Columbian sculpture. Most of their assortment was donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork after Natasha died in 1998.
Rivera and Kahlo each painted the couple varied occasions. An evocative portrait of Natasha Gelman by Kahlo dated from 1943, together with a hand-painted body by the artist, is a centrepiece of the Norton’s exhibition.
Famend for his or her inventive chemistry and torrid romance, Kahlo and Rivera are thought of some of the distinguished figures of Mexican Modernism. The exhibition options 22 work and works on paper by Kahlo and 18 work, works on paper and aquatints by Rivera. Some highlights consists of Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Monkeys (1943)—wherein the artist sits amongst 4 monkeys that she famously stored as pets—and Rivera’s Calla Lily Vendor (1943) depicting a bundle of calla lilies, certainly one of his signature motifs.
To situate the artists’ works throughout the bigger narrative of Mexican modernism, the present incorporates emblematic items from different Mexican artists comparable to María Izquierdo’s Bride from Papantla (Portrait of Rosalba Portes Gil) (1944)—a vibrant portray of a younger bride from the state of Veracruz. The show additionally consists of interval clothes and pictures of Kahlo and Rivera, over a dozen of which have been taken by famend photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo, the primary girl photojournalist in Mexico.
“The scope of [the exhibition] returns main works of Mexican Modernism to the context wherein they have been produced—in a collaborative creative neighborhood searching for to make an authentically Mexican trendy artwork by exploring and embracing shared roots and folkloric traditions,” says Ellen E. Roberts, the Harold and Anne Berkley Smith curator of American Artwork on the Norton Museum of Artwork.