Some weeks back I went along to see ‘Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Masterpieces of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection’ at Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) It features many of the artists’ most iconic paintings and offers a rich insight into the work and lives of the two central figures of Mexican Modernism. Lithographs, drawings, collages and a page from Kahlo’s diary are also included, alongside photographs of the artists by some of the most renowned photographers of that time.
I was also lucky enough to see a much larger exhibition of Frida Kahlo works at the Tate Modern in London in 2008, which I thought was amazing. The exhibition currently showing at IMMA is the first time I believe I have seen any works from Diego Rivera I particularly loved his portrait of Natasha Gellman.
If I had one complaint it would be that it should have been exhibited in one of the main galleries. The new gallery is a very small space and better suited for photographic exhibitions. I visited on a Friday and the Gallery was very busy and it was difficult to get a good view some of the works and I also think the light is poor in the new gallery.
The exhibition runs until the 26th of June 2011 and I would recommend that you get along and see the works of these two great artists.
Admission: €5.00, concession: €3.00.
Admission is free to all on Fridays, and at all times for under-18s, those in full-time education.
If for some unknown reason you never seen the excellent film Frida here is a clip