Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera. Polish context

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My painting carries with it the message of pain

Frida Kahlo

This is the first Polish exhibition of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two of the most popular Mexican artists, people at the very forefront of the cultural avant-garde of Mexico in the 20th century.

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Today, Frida Kahlo is the best known artist of Mexico and the very epitome of its culture in the world. It was probably in the 1980s that the public around the globe were introduced to her oeuvre. The first international show of her works, which drew universal attention, took place in 1978 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Subsequent exhibitions were held in all major museums, from Louvre and Hermitage to Tate Modern. All attracted massive audiences, enjoyed tremendous critical interest while the works themselves would fetch the highest prices on the art market.

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I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.


Apart from the distinctive traits of Kahlo’s art, among which pain and body played such a crucial role, there were also other means of expression which made Frida a key figure of postmodernist discourses. Her oeuvre, spanning predominantly portraits, self-portraits as well as harbouring numerous references to Mexican folk art, is extraordinary. It is also exeptional in that it draws so vividly on the topical themes: the empowerment of women and sexual rights; animal protection and nature conservation, or inner strength to fight and overcome adversity.

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I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.


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The precise number of works created by Frida Kahlo cannot be determined, yet there were no more than 200. It is also the reason why the exhibition Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Polish context at ZAMEK Culture Centre in Poznan, presenting as many as 30 paintings by the great artist is so tremendously important. Polish audience will have the opportunity to see the iconic pieces such as Diego in My Thoughts in which she places Diego’s head on her own forehead, suggesting the obsessive love for her husband. There will also be Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Monkeys, animals which Frida kept at the Blue House in Mexico City and often depiced in her paintings.

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ZAMEK Culture Centre

ul. sw. Marcin 80/82

61-809 Poznan





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