The exhibition is originally called “The Gelman Collection: Mexican art from the 20th century” and this article should help you to get an idea of the art show.
The Gelman Collection was founded in 1941 when Jacques Gelman and Natasha Zahalkaha, two Eastern European emigrants met and married in Mexico City.
Jacques was a Russian Jew from Saint Petersburg, who arrived in Mexico in 1938. The Gelmans soon became great patrons of the arts and keen collectors, establishing friendships with Frida Kahlo (who in the early 1940s was becoming a Mexican cultural heroine and abandoning Surrealist glories) and Diego Rivera, as well as many artists who were their contemporaries such as RufinoTamayo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Ángel Zárraga.
Soon the Gelman Collection acquired works by Frida including many self-portraits. These works, which are all on display in Bologna, are iconic images of her life, linked to that of her great love Diego Rivera.
The lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were full of personal transformations, complex critical acclaim and contradictions, individual tragedies and cultural/political revolts. Their works and personal possessions – photographs, clothes, jewellery, pages from their diaries – recount a country – Mexico – a cultural movement, the life of two artists and the passionate, compelling and destructive story of their two strong personalities. As Frida wrote in her diary; “I have experienced two serious accidents in my life … the first was the tram crash and the second was Diego.”
The exhibition also introduces the visitor to the works of Rufino Tamayo, Ángel Zárraga and María Izquierdo who represent all the main international cultural movements that passed through Mexico at that time, from revolutionary Pauperism and Stridentism to Surrealism and what years later came to be called “Magical Realism”. These are unique paintings that not only mirror the changes of the individual artists, but also express a vision in which the history and spirit of their contemporary world merge, reflecting the social and cultural transformations which led to the Mexican Revolution and followed it.
Curated by Gioia Mori, with the patronage of Bologna City Council – Department of Culture, the exhibition is produced and organized by Arthemisia Group and sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.
What Atelier Judith says: “Frida Kahlo has always been a big inspiration for me and my own artwork. Seeing her paintings in actuality was a great experience and I would totally recommend visiting the exhibition if you happen to be in Bologna or Italy.”
Adress: Palazzo Albergati, Via Saragozza, 28, 40123 Bologna
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