Until September 7, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is heating up
your summer. Thanks to the exhibiton Frida
Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism. The Jacques and
Natasha Gelman Collection, visitors will get to see
about twenty of world-famous contemporary artist Frida Kahlo’s
paintings up close, including Self-Portrait with Necklace (1933),
Self-Portrait with Braid (1941) and Diego On My Mind
(1943). You will also get to admire the celebrated Arum
Vendor (1943) from her husband, artist Diego Rivera.
Throughout their life as lovers, Kahlo and Rivera shared a
passionate relationship, punctuated with separations and parallel
romances, but always united through art.
The exhibition shows the amount of care
Frida Kahlo put into her appearance through the multiple
self-portraits and photos depicting her. Some of the areas of the
exhibition are dedicated specifically to her clothing style and
display outfits typical of that time, purchased at antique dealers
by the Museum. Her preference for the traditional clothes of the
Zapotec people, her mother’s people, illustrates the independence of
her spirit. Her creativity and personality marked by illness, her
plentiful life immortalized in her work are just a few
of the reasons that explain the public’s fascination with her: a
reality that is uncommon for a visual artist.
During your visit, you’ll also get to
discover many significant Mexican works of art from the 20th
century. Some twenty paintings from renowned artists including
David Alfaro Siqueiros, Carlos Orozco Romero and María Izquierdo
are on display, as well as eighty period photographs, among which
is a superb selection of works by Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, a
couple and two of the most esteemed photographers of the last
century. An exhibition full of colour that promises rich
discoveries not to be missed!
If you’d like to see more of the Museum,
many of the contemporary art exhibitions are open at all times,
Ferron to BGL. Contemporary art in Quebec; Inuit
Art. The Brousseau Collection. Ilippunga; Decorative
Arts and Design in Quebec and the monumental work of Jean-Paul
Riopelle, Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg. The Pierre Lassonde
Pavilion is a gem of this museum complex that magnificently
connects Grande Allée to the art district.