The Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum will exhibit selected works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two of Mexico’s greatest artistic exports over the 20th century, for a show starting Dec. 23.

 

The event is the first time the paintings of Kahlo and Rivera will be displayed in Turkey.

 

The 40 pieces from the collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, which are officially recognized as part of Mexico’s cultural heritage, are rarely exhibited outside the country. The exhibition, curated by Professor Helga Prignitz-Poda, will run until March 20, 2011.

 

Married to Rivera, Kahlo's work is remembered for its "pain and passion," and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition figure prominently in her work, which has sometimes been characterized as naive art or folk art. Her work has also been described as "surrealist."

 

Rivera's large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican mural renaissance. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City. In 1931, a retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

 

 

 

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