Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkeys, 1943

About the Exhibition

Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting features more than eighty paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as an important group of photographs by artists who captured the couple’s shared passion for each other and for Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s.

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Necklace, 1933

About Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyoacán, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Her father had immigrated to Mexico from Germany in 1891, while her mother was of indigenous (Amerindian) and Spanish ancestry.

Frida Kahlo, Portrait of Diego Rivera, 1937

About Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1886. He studied painting and moved to Madrid in 1907 to continue his studies. By 1909 he moved to Paris and spent much of the next fourteen years there, until the outbreak of World War I. He traveled around Europe, including to southern France and Italy, and was influenced by the work of Picasso, Cézanne, and Renoir. When he began to study Renaissance frescoes in Italy, however, he knew he had found his medium.

Martin Munckacsi, Diego and Frida, 1934

Teacher Resource Downloads

Click below to download a PowerPoint presentation of the key works in this exhibition, Multimedia Guide Scripts in both Spanish and English, Lesson Plans, Hands-On Activity Stations and the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

Frida Kahlo, My Dress Hangs There, 1933

Online Resources

These websites offer helpful supplementary information about Frida and Diego and are suitable for both student and teacher use.

Diego Rivera, Sunflowers, 1943

Childrens Books

These children’s books can serve as an introduction to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera for your students.

Diego Rivera, The Boy with the Taco, 1932


Use these quotes as writing or discussion prompts, and consider them alongside paintings by Frida and Diego.

Frida Kahlo, The Bus, 1929

Learn More

Visit the exhibition microsite to learn more about Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and this exhibition.