This morning the Art Gallery of Ontario announced that a major survey of works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is coming to Toronto later in the year. Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting will include 75 pieces, many drawn from the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico, which houses the largest Kahlo collection in the world. Among the most prominent—and included in the exhibition—are Kahlo’s The Broken Column and Self Portrait with Monkeys.
Sure to draw huge crowds, this is part of a growing lineup of blockbuster shows the AGO has been bringing to Toronto, using big names to attract visitors to the post-renovation, and post-renovation priced, AGO. (On now is a Marc Chagall exhibit; a Picasso show is arriving in May.) This one is likely to be successful especially because Toronto hasn’t seen much of these artists before; it’s the first major showing of Kahlo’s work since the Carr, O’Keefe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own exhibition was at the McMichael in 2001.
Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting will be open to the public for three months, from October 20, 2012, until January 20, 2013.
Images courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
CORRECTION: January 11, 2012, 12:40 P.M. This post previously stated that Self Portrait with Small Monkey would be included in the exhibition. The post should have read Self Portrait with Monkeys. We regret the error…but are happy to be getting more, larger monkeys than previously thought.