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Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera. Polish context
October 30, 2017   
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ZAMEK Culture Centre in Poznań boasts an exhibition of Mexican artists. The exhibition entitled Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera. Polish context is Poland’s first presentation of the art created by these outstanding Mexican performers.
Viewers have the opportunity to see Kahlo’s iconic masterpieces, such as Self-Portrait with a Necklace, Portrait of Diego Rivera, or Self-Portrait MCMXLIW. Two crucial elements constitute the title Polish context: Frida’s and Diego Rivera’s very close relations with Polish-born artists (photographer Bernice Kolko and painter Fanny Rabel) on the one hand, and the presence of works by Kahlo and Rivera at the Exhibition of Mexican Art held in 1955 in Poland on the other.
The exhibition feature 28 works by Frida Kahlo, 10 by Diego Rivera and 11 works of other artists, such as photographs by Nickolas Muray, courtesy of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection in Mexico. There will also be 60 works by Frida’s student, Fanny Rabel, around 80 photographs by Bernice Kolko and 14 pieces contributed by the National Museum in Warsaw, as well as 20 other documents: reviews, posters, catalogues of the 1955 exhibition and other shows of Mexican art in Poland; in addition, artists of the meXylo group will present 40 of their works, too.
The curator of the exhibition is dr Helga Prignitz-Poda. She translated the first biographical outline of Frida’s life from Spanish into German, and has been the curator of many European exhibitions dedicated to Kahlo. She is also the author of numerous books and catalogues concerned with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as a number of publications addressing Mexican art.
The exhibition is enriched by a comprehensive program of accompanying events, created with the support from the Veolia Foundation. It includes a range of educational projects, film screenings and contextual undertakings. Schools of every level can book museum classes for their pupils and students, and those interested are welcome to take part in art, music and social workshops, as well as guided tours of the exhibition (also available in English).
The exhibition will be open until 21st January, 2018.
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