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New at the High - "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting"

The High Museum of Art will be the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which is accompanied by a full-color catalogue. The exhibition opened Thursday and runs through May 12, 2013.

The High Museum of Art has delivered yet again.

After securing major exhibitions in recent years featuring famed artists including Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol and Picasso, the Midtown-based art museum is now featuring more than 75 artworks from Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Called "Frida & Diego," the exhibition is set to run from Feb. 14 to May 12, 2013. The High is the only U.S. venue for the display.

"Frida & Diego marks the first time important work by two influential Mexican artists will be shown in the Southeast.” Michael E. Shapiro, the High's director, said in a release.

Here's more about the artists from the High:

Few artists have captured the public's imagination like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) and her husband, the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957). The myths that surrounded them during their lifetime arose not only from their significant body of work, but also from their active participation in the historical happenings around them.

Frida & Diego positions the artists' work within the political and artistic contexts of their time. Their art speaks of a fierce loyalty to and pride in Mexico, the ideals of the 1910 Mexican Revolution and their commitment to the conditions of the common man.

The exhibition features works primarily drawn from the collection of Mexico's Dolores Olmedo as well as the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art.

The High Museum of Art will be the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which is accompanied by a full-color catalogue. The exhibition premiered at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the Fall of 2012.

Key paintings by Frida Kahlo featured in the exhibition include:

  • Hospital Henry Ford (Henry Ford Hospital), 1932
  • Autorretrato con Monos (Self-Portrait with Monkeys), 1943
  • La Columna Rota (The Broken Column), 1944
  • El Abrazo de Amor de el Universo, La Tierra (México), Diego, yo y el Señor Xólotl (The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me and Señor Xólotl), 1949

Key works by Diego Rivera featured in the exhibition include:

  • Autorretrato (Self-Portrait), 1930
  • La Canoa Enflorada (The Flowered Canoe), 1931
  • Vendedora de Alcatraces (Calla Lily Vendor), 1943
  • El Joven de la Estilografica (Portrait of Best Maugard), 1914

Museum Regular Hours

Mon: Closed
Tues, Wed: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thurs: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fri, Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun: 12 Noon-5 p.m.

For more information, see here.

Other events at the High

  • Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial Daily, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Friday Jazz at the High featuring Ike Stubblefield Today, Feb 15, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Friday Jazz at the High featuring Today, Feb 15, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Gogo: Nature Transformed Daily,
  • Film: Que Viva Mexico! February 16, 2013 / February 23, 2013 / March 2, 2013 / March 9, 2013 / March 16, 2013 / March 23, 2013 / March 30, 2013 / April 6, 2013 / April 13, 2013 / April 20, 2013 / April 27, 2013 / May 4, 2013 / May 11, 2013, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
  • Film: Frida February 16, 2013 / February 23, 2013 / March 2, 2013 / March 9, 2013 / March 16, 2013 / March 23, 2013 / March 30, 2013 / April 6, 2013 / April 13, 2013 / April 20, 2013 / April 27, 2013 / May 4, 2013 / May 11, 2013, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • Film: A Portrait of Diego -- The Revolutionary Gaze Sat, Feb 23, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Film: Los Olvidados -- The Forgotten Ones Sat, Mar 2, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Film: El ángel Exterminador -- The Exterminating Angel Sat, Mar 9, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm

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