Join us for an in-depth look at the work, and colourful and turbulent lives of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957). Frida's intimate self-portraits and Diego's panoramic murals define the cultural identity of twentieth-century Mexico and give the pair iconic status.
The Mexican Revolution of 1910 swept away the old régime and banished European influence in the arts. In their different ways, both artists shaped the cultural identity of modern Mexico. Rivera’s panoramic murals adorn the walls of public buildings. Inspired by early Italian fresco painting, and by Aztec and Maya imagery, his visual narratives incorporate allegory and symbolism. Kahlo, arguably Mexico’s most original painter, made herself the principal theme of her art. Her small-scale and highly personal paintings reflect her experiences, dreams, hopes and passions. Kahlo and Rivera married 1929. This lecture explores their sources of inspiration and love -- on and off -- for each other.