An upcoming exhibition at the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris gives visitors a look at the art and lives of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, thanks to an arrangement with Mexico's Dolores Olmedo Museum.
The Mexican museum, in turn, will exhibit about 30 works by Renoir, Picasso, Cezanne and Modigliani from l'Orangerie.
The exhibition, which will run from Oct. 9 to Jan. 13, 2014, at the Paris museum, will feature about 100 works by Kahlo and Rivera, who were inseparable from the time they met in 1922 despite ups and downs in their relationship.
The exhibition tries to show "both the work they did together and separately," as well as trying to "once again revalue" the work of Rivera (1886-1957), "so that people will know the greatness of his paintings, while, of course, not leaving Frida Kahlo aside," Dolores Olmedo Museum director of collections Josefina Garcia told Efe.
Rivera was always considered Mexico's greatest 20th-century painter, but Kahlo (1907-1954) began to eclipse him in the 1970s as she increasingly became a symbol for artistic and social movements, such as the Chicano movement in the United States and the women's liberation movement, Garcia said.
Celebrities, including Madonna, expressed interest in obtaining the rights to make a film about Kahlo, a project that was finally completed by Salma Hayek, putting the Mexican painter in the forefront of the world's artists "and, in fact, helping her gain more fame than her husband, Diego Rivera, enjoyed in his time," Garcia said.
"It's a shame because Rivera is a great artist and the artistic techniques and streams he knew about are reflected practically across the first half of the 20th century," Garcia said.
Rivera, however, "is not well known at the world level" today, with the focus of exhibitions now being on Kahlo, Garcia said. EFE