Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection features the largest grouping of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera works ever to be on view at the Norton. As a film producer in Mexico City, Jacques Gelman encountered the leading figures of the artistic renaissance that occurred after the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920. Featuring over 150 works, including paintings and works on paper collected by Jacques and Natasha Gelman alongside photographs and period clothing, the exhibition includes the largest group of works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera ever on view at the institution. Presenting these artists’ creative pursuits in the broader context of the art created during the renaissance following the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920, the exhibition also includes work by Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, Gunther Gerzso, Graciela Iturbide, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan Soriano, and Rufino Tamayo. The Gelmans’ close relationship with this community is underscored by the number of portraits of them made by their artist friends in the exhibition. Photographs of Kahlo and Rivera by a global roster of photographers including Lucienne Bloch, Imogen Cunningham, Juan Guzmán, Nikolas Murray, Edward Weston, and Guillermo Kahlo—Frida’s father—help round out the lives of these iconic painters.

The exhibition presents holdings from The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Vergel Foundation. It is organized by MondoMostre.

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954), Self-Portrait with Monkeys, 1943

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954), The Bride who Becomes Frightened when She Sees Life Opened, 1943

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The Exhibition is organized by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL)

Premier Sponsors: Acquavella, Rita and Charles Bronfman, Jane Carroll and Leo Arnaboldi, Jane B. Holzer, Leonard and Judy Lauder, Point Gammon Foundation

Major Sponsors: Y. Michele Kang, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Anonymous Benefactor

Sponsors: Cary Brown & Steven Epstein, Pam and Bob Goergen, Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Salomon, Robbi and Bruce Toll, Anonymous Benefactor

Supporters: Roger W. Ferguson, Jr and Annette L. Nazareth, Michelle and Joseph Jacobs, Ann and Tom Johnson, Betty and John Levin, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, Jean S. Sharf, Dorothy and Craig Stapleton, Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth, Sue and Beau Wrigley