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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

The exhibition, which opens on September 20th in the frame of the Doge Apartment, tells of the bond between art and life of the couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

The exhibition, co-designed with the Quirinal Stables in Rome (where the works will be on display until August 31), will be devised by Helga Prignitz-Poda, author of the catalog, with the valuable contribution of Christina Kahlo (Frida's niece) and Juan Coronel Rivera (Diego's nephew).

What was known as "the union of an elephant with a dove", overcame the dimension of a love relationship to become a legend.

While the exhibition in Rome focuses on the works, the one in Genoa will make visitors discover the influence of the love relationship on both artists.

120 works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will be on display.

Frida’s self-portraits will be at the center of the exhibition and, in particular, her Diego in my mind, Self-portrait wearing a Velvet Dress, Diego and I, and the Self Portrait in a sun flower.

Diego’s paintings on oil - especially the large portraits in which he excelled such as the Oaxacan Lady Portrait, Portrait of Natasha Gelman, Calla lilly vendors – will be displayed. Special attention will receive his notebook on the trip to Italy, never exhibited before, where he records the impressions on the classic human figure and draws a portrait of Frida naked that will be rebuilt one of his great murals.

(All images courtesy of Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy)