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