Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

A 40-piece collection from renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera is coming to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

By Benjamen Judd

Sydney continues its run of securing endless exhibitions of the best names in art today with the arrival of 40 works of art by Frida Kahlo and husband Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.

Some of Kahlo’s most iconic works, including Self-Portrait With Monkeys, Diego On My Mind and numerous intimate photographs of the couple.

Frida Kahlo’s unapologetic self-representation has made her an unforgettable presence in the art scene. Her use of self-portraiture is both practical and philosophical – she herself stated it was the subject she knew best but it was also a way of exploring the intersections of experience she lived as a Mexican bisexual woman.




Her relationship with Rivera was as vibrant and tumultuous as her artworks. While both were encouraging with each other creatively, their temperaments left for fiery arguments and the pair would often split only to get back together. 

While Rivera is present, Kahlo is the standout star of the show. Her intoxicating use of colour and unashamed expression of her own sexuality has made her a favourite of feminists and art theorists. 

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection opens at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on June 25 and runs until October 9.

For information on ticket pricing, head to the gallery website here.

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