Discover the rich and diverse histories behind modern art in Mexico and come face to face with one of the twentieth century’s most recognisable cultural icons in an international exhibition touring to Auckland this spring – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico. The exhibition is organised by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico presents the art of many leading Mexican artists with paintings and drawings from across Kahlo’s career. Alongside the work of the famous couple, Kahlo and Rivera, the exhibition features painting and photography by leading artists in their circle.
Also opening at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki this year is a new exhibition of contemporary art revealing life at home in Walls to Live Beside, Rooms to Own, as well as a retrospective of Aotearoa’s Robin White: Te Whanaketanga | Something is Happening Here.
Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy is thrilled to be presenting these exhibitions, alongside international shows, Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World, currently on now, and Gilbert & George: The Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Exhibition 2022, opening on Saturday 25 June.
‘I couldn’t be more excited that Toi o Tāmaki will soon become home to such prestigious international art,’ says Lacy.
‘Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, are internationally recognised for their contributions to twentieth-century art. Both artists, despite possessing completely different styles, became two of Mexico’s most celebrated and inspiring personalities, representing Mexican identity through their work.’
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico draws from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman collection, one of the preeminent private collections of Mexican modernism. Soon after their arrival in Mexico in the 1940s, the Gelmans began collecting, and commissioning art, including from such leading painters as David Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo.
Discover over 150 artworks, including paintings by some of Mexico’s leading figures, Carlos Mérida, María Izquierdo and Juan Soriano, and photographers Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Nickolas Muray.
‘Not only will the Gallery host Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico, but visitors will also be able to engage with contemporary art from closer to home in Walls to Live Beside, Rooms to Own and an exhibition of national importance in Robin White: Te Whanaketanga | Something is Happening Here,’ adds Lacy.
Opening in early September, Walls to Live Beside, Rooms to Own draws from the artworks of the Chartwell Collection, a prominent collection of contemporary art, to respond to our relationship to life at home – one that has been significantly impacted during the global pandemic.
A broad range of artistic perspectives is explored, from those who adopt abstract scaffolding structures in their artworks to those for whom sculptural walls, domestic furniture and furnishings act as artistic materials. Often concerned with the psychology of interior space and the outdoors, the works in the exhibition include two commissioned new artworks by New Zealand artists Tim Wagg and Fiona Connor that speak to the home within real estate and the home as a site for art.
Jointly developed by Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa, Te Whanaketanga | Something is Happening Here is a retrospective exhibition of work by contemporary Aotearoa artist Dame Robin White (Ngāti Awa, Pākehā).
Opening at Auckland Art Gallery in late October, the exhibition will feature works from across White’s 50- year career. Explore her celebrated portraits and landscapes from the 1970s, alongside her more recent, ambitious collaborative works made with artists from across the Pacific.