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More Mexico

2021 can rightly be said to be a Mexican year: in addition to Leiden, there are major Mexico-related exhibitions being staged in Amstelveen and Assen.

Viva la Frida! – Life and art of Frida Kahlo

From 10 October 2021 through 27 March 2022, the Drents Museum in Assen is presenting the major ‘Viva la Frida! – Life and art of Frida Kahlo’ art exhibition. The exhibition will be showcasing a unique combination of Kahlo’s art along with personal items, as a world first. There is also the collection of paintings, drawings and photographs from the Museo Dolores Olmedo as well as the collection of personal effects (clothing items, jewellery pieces, corsets, photos) from the Museo Frida Kahlo.

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Frida Kahlo in blue blouse, 1939, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York / Photo by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, A Love Revolution

Up to and including 26 September, the Amstelveen Cobra Museum will be displaying the famed Gelman collection of 20th century Mexican artists, under the header ‘Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, A Love Revolution’. The work of one of the most famous married artist couples in the history of art.

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Frida Kahlo, Diego on my mind (Self-portrait as Tehuana), 1943 Courtesy of The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Vergel Foundation. © 2020 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF c/o Pictor

It is easy to spot the link with the Aztecs exhibition in Leiden: both Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera were inspired by the ancient cultures of modern-day Mexico. Frida and Diego even had a scale replica of an Aztec temple built on the inner courtyard of their home (Casa Azul in Coyoacán, Mexico City, which is now a museum).