QUÉBEC CITY, Aug. 26, 2020 – The Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection exhibition is in full swing and continues to attract crowds since it opened, despite the pause that the COVID-19 pandemic imposed. To accommodate high visitor numbers and enable as many people as possible to see this major international exhibition, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will extend its opening hours from Wednesday, September 2 to Saturday, September 5, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. By reserving their time-and-date-stamped tickets on the MNBAQ website (mnbaq.org), visitors can discover the works of the iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, recognized both for their inestimable contribution to modern and their stormy romance, and a selection of works by master Mexican painters assembled in Québec City in collaboration with one of the biggest private collections of 20th-century Mexican art.
Until September 7, 2020, the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion will take on a Mexican air and transport visitors to the incredible universe of two legendary artists who continue to shape the imaginative universe with their extraordinary destiny, more than 50 years after their deaths.
The exhibition, presented by La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, is organized by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre, in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL) in Mexico. It will not only assemble works by the artist couple and their contemporaries but also numerous photographs that situate the artists in their period.
The masterpieces presented include 20 works by Frida Kahlo, including the famous Self-Portrait with Necklace (1933), Self-Portrait with Braid (1941) and Diego on My Mind (1943), and the celebrated Flower Vendor (1943) by Rivera.
This fascinating exhibition will comprise more than 150 items, including 20 works by other Mexican painters, including Carlos Orozco Romero and Juan Soriano, and 85 photographs by photographers of the period, including a superb selection of works by Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, a couple who rank among the foremost Latin American photographers of the 20th century.
The MNBAQ is proud to be part of the prestigious circuit of the exhibition, which has enjoyed enormous success in all the cities in which it has been presented in recent years, notably in Bologna, Istanbul, Sydney, and Nashville.
The remarkable destinies of Kahlo and Rivera
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was seriously injured in her youth in a bus accident and learned to paint during her convalescence. A feminist, socialist and fundamentally a nonconformist, the artist, who produced fewer than 150 paintings throughout her career, was also keenly interested in popular and aboriginal culture. Kahlo often made her own life the subject of her paintings and produced self-portraits of great emotional intensity that reflect her physical and psychological suffering.
Diego Rivera (1886-1957) lived in Europe from 1907 to 1921, where he developed a style inspired by the avant-gardists. He returned to Mexico in 1921 after the Revolution and sought to create painting that spoke to the masses. He is regarded as a major figure of Mexican muralism. He received numerous official commissions and created art that is at once original and universal combining modernist influences with Mexican cultural heritage.
Frida Kahlo married Diego Rivera in 1929. A tumultuous, passionate relationship ensued that lasted a quarter century. The MNBAQ is delighted to tell this story.
The exhibition combines art, love and revolution. It proposes a fascinating dialogue between two legendary figures of modern art and highlights the remarkable vitality of Mexico’s artistic and cultural life in the first half of the 20th century.
Jacques and Natasha Gelman
Jacques Gelman (1909-1986) was born in St. Petersburg and settled in Mexico at the outset of World War II. He became one of the leading film producers of his time and discovered the brilliant film actor and comedian Mario Moreno, nicknamed “Cantinflas.” Natasha Zahalka (1912-1998), a native of Moravia (now the Czech Republic), met Jacques Gelman in Mexico City. They married in 1941 and began to assemble a large modern art collection.
The Gelman Collection highlights a remarkably prolific period in Mexican art at a time when the arts community was flourishing. It comprises numerous artists, thereby offering an outstanding overview of different facets of art from this period. In addition to celebrated works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the exhibition presents major works by several of their contemporaries, such as María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo. All these artists are well-known in Mexico and several have acquired over time great renown on the international scene.
The exposition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection is presented by La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, form February 13 to May 18, 2020. It is organized by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL) in Mexico.
The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is a government corporation subsidized by the Québec government.
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism.
The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection
Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the MNBAQ
Until September 7, 2020
From Wednesday, September 2 to Saturday, September 5, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For further information: 418 643-2150 or 1 866 220-2150