Leo Matiz (1917-1998) muralista de la lente, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City. Closes 17 September 2017
Exhibition of 81 photographs by Colombian photographer and photojournalist Leo Matiz. Matiz established his reputation with his work in Mexico between 1941 and 1947, when he photographed artists and muralists such as Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo and David Siqueiros and became a close friends with José Clemente Orozco, as well as Latin American film stars and intellectuals and Spanish film directors such as Luís Buñuel. He subsequently mounted photographic campaigns in his native Colombia and in Venezuela in the 1950s, which were reproduced in periodicals such as Life and Paris Match. The exhibition also includes drawings, caricatures and Matiz’s notes to provide a context for his work.
Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde
Dallas Museum of Art
12 March – 16 July, 2017
Major exhibition exploring 50 years of Mexican modern art. Following its showing at the Grand Palais, Paris, this is the exhibition’s only US venue. The result of a combined cultural endeavour between Mexico and France, the exhibition features circa 200 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and films documenting Mexico’s artistic Renaissance during the first half of the 20th century. Works by the titans of Mexican Modernism are shown alongside those by lesser-known pioneers, including a number of rarely seen works by female artists. Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, Ángel Zárraga, Tina Modotti, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, among others, are on display.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
25 June – 9 October 2016
Exhibition presents 33 artworks from the collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, including self-portrait paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo, and major examples of Diego Rivera’s canvas paintings. Alongside these works are over 50 photographs by figures such as Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, which provide insights into the artists’ worlds and their intriguing relationship.
Focuses on the couple’s work in the 1930s boom-town motor-city and Kahlo’s increasing adoption of traditional Mexican dress and symbolism in her work as a reaction against the American city’s elite. Around 70 works are on display, including eight of Rivera’s preparatory drawings for his Detroit Industry mural, and 23 pieces by Kahlo.
Accompanied by a substantial exhibition catalogue
Exhibition closes: 12 July 2015
Frida Kahlo, Scudiere del Quirinale, Rome, 20 March – 13 July 2014. Exhibition incorporating major paintings by Kahlo alongside photographs of the artist (taken mainly in the 1940s) and focussing especially on the theme of ‘self-depiction’ both in the form of traditional self-portraits and in the development of the Kahlo iconography and ‘legend’. Both the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are by Helga Prignitz-Poda, one of the three authors of the Kahlo catalogue raisonne published in 1988.
Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, 15 March – 8 June 2014. Selection made by leading Mexican photographer and historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, of some 257 photographs from the extensive archive (6,500 items) held in the Blue House in Mexico City. Both Kahlo’s father and maternal grandmother were professional photographers and she was herself a collector of nineteenth-century photographs, which she used and manipulated as working tools to inspire her own art. The exhibition is divided into six thematic sections: Kahlo’s parents; the Blue House; her crippled body; Frida’ loves; political struggle; and Diego’s gaze, and includes works by other photographers such as Man Ray, Tina Modotti, and Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.