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Detroit Institute of Arts showcases Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo exhibit

June 27, 2015

It’s perhaps not a well-known fact that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera spent time in Detroit during their earlier years. A hospital stay for Kahlo resulted in the painful ending of a pregnancy; this life-changing event, along with an exhibition she’d just seen in NYC, changed her style. Previously influenced by her husband’s creations, Kahlo’s new look centered more on her personal transgressions and emotions than on the outside world. Rivera, on the other hand, concentrated more on communistic subjects and his love of laborers.

The “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” exhibition can be viewed through July 12th. Kahlo hated Detroit for what it reminded her of… the loss of her baby; while Rivera romanticized the city.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit the Detroit Institute of Arts

Both artists with their respective paintings.

Image courtesy of: Detroit Institute of Arts

Visitors pause in front of Frida Kahlo’s 1931 painting “Frieda and Diego Rivera”. This is one of 70 paintings now on display through mid-July.

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Outside the museum, Rivera Court is where Diego Rivera created his Detroit murals between April 1932 and March 1933 on what was then a garden courtyard at the recently opened museum building. Presently, this impressive room is meant as a tribute to the powerful work illustrating the good and bad of modern technology… perhaps even more appropriate today!

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