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    High Museum of Art to Present Work by Mexican Artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

    ATLANTA, January 11, 2012 ―The High Museum of Art in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario is organizing a major exhibition of work by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the two central figures of Mexican modernism. “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” will feature some of the best examples of Kahlo and Rivera’s art, with more than 75 works primarily drawn from the collection of Mexico’s Dolores Olmedo as well as the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art. The High Museum of Art will be the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which opens in Atlanta on February 16, 2013 and remains on view through May 12, 2013. “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue.

    “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” marks the first time important work by two influential Mexican artists will be shown in the Southeast.” said Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., Director of the High Museum of Art. “By working with Art Gallery of Ontario, the High Museum of Art continues its commitment to collaborative partnerships that bring great works of art from around the world to Atlanta.”

    “I am delighted join forces on this project with the High, a museum for which I have the utmost respect,” says Matthew Teitelbaum, Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario. “Collaborations like these strengthen the international community of art institutions and allow us all to continue bringing the world’s most renowned art to our visitors and members.”

    Few artists have captured the public’s imagination with the force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) and her husband, the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957). “Frida & Diego” positions their work within the political and artistic contexts of their time. The myths that surrounded them during their lifetime arose not only from their significant body of work, but also from their active participation in the historical happenings around them. Their art speaks of a fierce loyalty to and pride in Mexico, the ideals of the 1910 Mexican Revolution and their commitment to the conditions of the common man.

    Key paintings by Frida Kahlo featured in the exhibition include:
    • Hospital Henry Ford (Henry Ford Hospital), 1932
    • Autorretrato con Monos (Self-Portrait with Monkeys), 1943
    • La Columna Rota (The Broken Column), 1944
    • El Abrazo de Amor de el Universo, La Tierra (México), Diego, yo y el Señor Xólotl (The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me and Señor Xólotl), 1949

    Key works by Diego Rivera featured in the exhibition include:
    • Autorretrato (Self-Portrait), 1930
    • La Canoa Enflorada (The Flowered Canoe), 1931
    • Vendedora de Alcatraces (Calla Lily Vendor), 1943
    • El Joven de la Estilografica (Portrait of Best Maugard), 1914

    The Museo Dolores Olmedo houses the world’s largest collection of works by Kahlo. The museum’s collection also features numerous works by Rivera that helped establish the Mexican school of painting, as well as his portraits, both of which are represented in “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting.” The exhibition also features works from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, which comprises the largest private holding of 20th-century Mexican art, spanning works from the 1910s to the 1990s. Friends of Rivera and Kahlo, the Gelmans amassed a significant number of their works, including Kahlo’s inventive self-portraits and Rivera’s portrait of Natasha Gelman from 1943.

    Exhibition Organization and Support
    “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” is co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City, in association with The Vergel Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art and Galería Arvil.

    Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada)
    With a permanent collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, complete with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Architectural highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery’s façade, and the feature staircase, which spirals up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above it. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic African art gallery, from the cutting-edge works in the contemporary tower to Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece “The Massacre of The Innocents”—a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection—there is truly something for everyone at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

    The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

    High Museum of Art
    The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005 the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.

    The Woodruff Arts Center
    The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.


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