"Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera, Art in fusion" at Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris
If Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is today one of the best known and most popular figures of 20th century Mexican art, it is undoubtedly because of her personality and the originality of a body of work that defies all efforts to classify it. Her work is, above all, the expression of a life - a tragic and turbulent life, one that challenged all conventions, a life known in all its detail and recently the subject of a film, making her a true icon.
The mere mention of her name excites enthusiasm and admiration, but her work is rarely exhibited, and has not been shown in France for fifteen years. The selection to go on show at the Musée de l’Orangerie includes major works by the artist, with masterpieces from the Museo Olmedo, which holds one of the main collections of Frida Kahlo’s work, including the very famous Columna Rota (Broken Column).
The life and work of Frida Kahlo cannot be separated from those of her companion Diego Rivera (1886-1957). Together they became figures of legend, and both have a place in the pantheon of 20th century Mexican artists. Famous for his large mural paintings, Rivera’s easel paintings, drawings and prints, whichform a large part of his artistic production, are less well known to the public in Europe. The exhibition aimsto trace his artistic career from the early Cubist images, revealing his links with the Paris artists whoseworks are a key element in the Orangerie collection, to the paintings that established him as the founder ofthe 20th century school of Mexican art.
The exhibition devoted to the legendary couple Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo presents their works together, as if to confirm the impossibility of their divorce that was in fact finalised but reconsidered after just one year apart. It also gives us a better view of their respective artistic worlds, so different and yet so complementary, through the deep-rooted attachment they shared for their country: a cycle of life and death, revolution and religion, realism and mysticism, workers and peasants.
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Admission fees and rates
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- Reduced rate: 7,5€
- From 5pm, reduced rate for all visitors: 7,5€
- Free entry on the first Sunday of each month