Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit exhibition opens March 15th at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The exhibit “brings together nearly 70 works of art that depict the evolution of these two extraordinary artists’ careers, including eight of Rivera’s epic preparatory drawings for the Detroit Industry murals and 23 pieces by Kahlo, whose work has never before been shown at the DIA.”
Long considered one of the city’s cultural gems, Rivera’s work initially angered a big swath of people back in the spring of 1933 when it was about to be unveiled. Many didn’t like Rivera for who he was: an avowed communist and foreigner.” –The Detroit News
“Rivera’s epic preparatory drawings for Detroit Industry will be the centerpiece of the exhibition. Not shown in almost 30 years, these magnificent works demonstrate Rivera’s sweeping narrative ambition, envisioned as a synthesis between Mexico’s spiritual values and United States industrial might. Most of the works Kahlo created in Detroit will be shown for the first time in this city and will reveal the emergence of Kahlo’s shockingly personal, self-revelatory art style.
Along with approximately 70 works of art, the exhibition will examine the economic conditions of the era, the industrial life of Detroit and its workers and the controversy that surrounded the Detroit Industry murals. Photographs of Rivera and Kahlo at work and at play will also be on view.”
Check out these cool events in correspondence with the exhibition!
Diego and Frida’s Detroit: Bus Tour– March 21st
Join the Detroit Experience Factory for a tour through Frida and Diego’s Detroit. See the places and discuss the themes that defined Detroit in the early 1930s. Learn about the city in which both artists created groundbreaking work and find out why Detroit continues to be a place defined by industry, social change and the arts.
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