This special exhibition of photographs commemorates the 212th anniversary of Mexican Independence.
September 13, 2022: The Embassy of Mexico in India, in association with the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL) of Mexico and Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, present a photographic exhibition titled ‘Diego & Frida: Life Chronicles’, which gives an intimate look into the life of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, who were lovers, companions and true supporters of each other.
This exhibition of 60 photo reprints will be on show for the first time in India. The original photographs from this collection are on permanent display at the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in Mexico.
H.E. Federico Salas, Mexican Ambassador to India, says, “On the 212th anniversary of Mexican independence (1810-2022), this exhibition pays homage to two iconic artists of the 20th century Mexico, Frida and Diego, representatives of an era when the country was in the middle of constructing a new and modern national identity 100 years after the independence. This period is now considered one of the most significant junctures in the postcolonial history of Mexico, where art and revolution merged and left behind its legacy in a host of magnificent artworks that continue to define the contemporary Mexican identity.”
The romantic union between Ms. Kahlo and Mr. Rivera brought together intellectuals, politicians, and celebrities. Their home was a place of gatherings, deliberations, and intrigue within Mexico's social and political life. Due to the commissions Mr. Rivera received, the intermittent periods during which they lived in the United States helped shape their views on capitalism, progress, and revolution. Still, it was also a breaking point in their relationship.
This exhibition is a collection of photographs of distinguished artists who were friends and colleagues of the couple, among them Guillermo Kahlo, Guillermo Zamora, Vicente Contreras, and Ernesto Reyes. The images depict essential moments in Frida Kahlo's and Diego Rivera's lives. They also reflect Kahlo's pain and physical deterioration and her political activism, including the last photograph taken during a political demonstration, days before her death in July 1954.
This exhibition of photographs in on view until October 10, 2022 in Bengaluru’s gallery g and has been hosted by Sandeep Kumar Maini, Honorary Consul for Mexico in Bengaluru, and Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation.