The enduring allure of Frida Kahlo, and the passionate, political art of Mexican modernism, is the subject of an exclusive exhibition coming to the SA Art Gallery

Frida Kahlo is one of the most recognized and influential artists of all time. Famous for her unflinching self-portraits and radical exploration of self-identity, her legacy is highlighted alongside that of her husband, the revolutionary Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera, as well as many of their contemporaries, in a new exhibition to be It will open at the Art Gallery of South Australia in June 2023.

An exclusive Australian exhibition, Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution is the most comprehensive exhibition of Mexican modernism ever seen in Australia, with over 150 works including paintings, works on paper, photography, video and period clothing. It will immerse visitors in the artistic world of Mexico in the first half of the 20th century, from the beginnings of the Mexican cultural revolution to the turbulent love story of Kahlo and Rivera. Alongside the passionate and political art of Kahlo and Rivera, there will be works by Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Yasumasa Morimura and more.

AGSA Director Rhana Devenport describes Kahlo as a 21st century muse, “today revered as a feminist and as a unique creative and political force,” she said in a statement. “Each generation brings a new lens through which to view the phenomenon that is Frida Kahlo…Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution speaks to the influence and ingenuity of artistic practice in Mexico and aims to recontextualize the most important presence of Kahlo within our current society. ”

“While her physical body may have limited her, Kahlo’s resilience and creativity skyrocketed, resulting in bold and commanding statements that retain her social, cultural and feminist potency and continue to resonate with people today,” adds Tansy. Curtin, AGSA Curator of International Art. before 1980.

The exhibition will transport visitors into the world of Kahlo and Rivera with designs by Grieve Gillett Andersen Architects of South Australia, inspired by the artists’ La Casa Azul home and studio and will feature works from Jacques and Natasha’s ‘unrivaled’ collection. Gelman, close friends of Kahlo and Rivera and pioneer collectors of Mexican Modernism, says Curtin.

Also coming to the gallery in 2023 is the first survey exhibition by renowned Western Aranda painter Vincent Namatjira, who will headline the 2023 Tarnanthi Festival, AGSA’s highly anticipated celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Vincent Namatjira: Australia in Color will present works that offer a wry look at the politics of history, power and leadership from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective.

The Tarnanthi Art Fair will return as a physical event in 2023, this time at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, offering the public the chance to meet First Nations artists from across the country and buy artwork ethically .

Other highlights include AGSA’s exclusive Andy Warhol & Photography: A Social Media, opening as part of the Adelaide Festival in March and bringing together over 250 photographs, experimental films, silkscreens and paintings from international public and private collections to explore. an honest perspective. and the little-seen side of the celebrated pop artist and his obsession with photography.

“The Art Gallery of South Australia promises a year of vivid experiences, powerful conversations and original exhibitions that can only be experienced at AGSA in 2023,” says Devenport. “Visitors will have the opportunity to encounter the art of some of the most celebrated artists of our century.”

The $100,000 Ramsay Art Prize also returns in 2023, offering Australian artists under 40 working in any medium a career-defining opportunity and a major finalist exhibition at AGSA in May.

To view the full programme, visit agsa.sa.gov.au.

Additional reporting by Rosie Herdman

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