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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism

Coming to Albuquerque Museum February 2021

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism

From the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Vergel Foundation.

February 6–May 2, 2021

Frida Kahlo. Diego on My Mind

Frida Kahlo (Mexico, July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954), Diego on My Mind, 1943, oil on Masonite. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and the Vergel Foundation.

The exhibition is organized by MondoMostre.


Details subject to change.


The works in the Jacques and Natasha Gelman collection epitomize the vitality and expressiveness of modern Mexican art. They were produced in a pivotal period in Mexican history, when the nation sought to redefine itself through political, social, and cultural reforms. Some of the figures in this exhibition are household names in Mexico and a handful of these have, over time, received international recognition. Perhaps none are more well-known then Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Rivera’s bombastic personality, revolutionary politics, and inspiring murals made him a celebrity during his lifetime. Although once overshadowing his equally talented wife, Kahlo’s fame has far outstripped that of her husband in the years since her death. The raw emotion of her paintings still resonates today, and her intense self-portraits have made her face familiar throughout the globe. 

The captivating works by these two artists assembled by Jacques and Natasha Gelman are complimented by key works from their contemporaries, such as Lola Álvarez Bravo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo. They were created in a period of rich artistic invention, when artists considered their works potential to influence society. Their presentation in this exhibition is enhanced by period photographs that give a glimpse of important Mexican cultural figures, most notably Kahlo and Rivera, and offer a sense of their distinctive personalities.  

The Gelmans formed close friendships with many of the artists included in this exhibition, often acting as patrons and promoters of their careers. The works they collected offer an unrivaled opportunity to encounter the chaotic and creative Mexican art world of the first half of the twentieth century in all its complexity. Modern Mexican art would come to exert a key influence on modern art in the United States and its impact continues to be felt throughout the world today.