Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are often credited as having played a crucial role in establishing a Mexican avant-garde. Their body of work often incorporated portrayals of mexicanidad, an identity born of Mexico’s ancient cultures and its colonial past that projected a visionary future. The exhibition will showcase 13 works by Diego, including his 1943 Calla Lilly Vendor. In addition, the exhibition will explore his famous murals that incorporated social and political messages aimed at reunifying Mexicans after the revolution.
The exhibition will include more than 20 of Frida’s paintings and drawings inspired by personal experience, Mexican folk art, and a world view that embraced contradictions, often called magical realism. Of these works, seven are self-portraits, including her 1943 painting Diego on my Mind.
Tickets for the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) highly anticipated Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection exhibition will go on sale to the public starting Oct. 12, 2020. Tickets will go on sale in two blocks to help manage capacity and visitor flow, with an eye toward a healthy museum experience.
The first block of tickets will be available for purchase online through the museum’s website starting Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at 10 a.m., to see the exhibition from opening day on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, to Monday, November 30, 2020. The second block of tickets will be available for purchase starting Monday, November 23, 2020, at 10 a.m., to see the exhibition during its final eight weeks from Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, to Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.
“Selling exhibition tickets in two blocks is a departure from past ticketing processes,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “This approach allows us to be to be nimble with ticketing, and make any necessary adjustments to maintain a healthy museum environment for our visitors and staff.”
For the first time in Denver, more than 20 artworks by the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, including paintings and drawings, will be on view in Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism. This traveling exhibition, organized by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre, in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL), and curated locally by Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DAM, will present a selection of more than 150 artworks. The exhibition will focus on the post-Mexican Revolution artworks of internationally celebrated artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and their contemporaries, including Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo and Carlos Mérida.
How to purchase tickets: Tickets to be released in two blocks to provide a healthy museum environment.
To see Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism, visitors must purchase an advance dated and timed ticket by visiting www.denverartmuseum.org or calling 720-913-0130. Visitors who wish to attend the exhibition are encouraged to mark calendars with ticket sales dates of Oct. 12 and Nov. 23, 2020.
Tickets for adult members start at $20 and $26 for non-members. Youth tickets are $5 for ages 6 to 18, and tickets are free for children ages 5 and under. Please note the ticketing schedule is subject to change at any time due to changes in COVID-19 restrictions. Please visit the museum website for the most up-to-date information on ticketing, exhibition hours and health and safety procedures.
Ticket information: Tickets for this exhibition will go on sale in two blocks. For visits between October 25-November 30, public tickets will go on sale Monday, October 12. For visits between December 1-January 24, 2021, tickets will go sale Monday, November 23. Tickets go on sale at 10 am on each day. Members enjoy access to presales, previews, and member hours.
Featuring more than 150 artworks by internationally celebrated artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, and others, this exhibition will take a closer look at the role art, artists, and their supporters played in the emergence of national identity and creative spirit after the Mexican Revolution ended in 1920.
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism will explore the Mexican modernism movement through paintings and photography.
Mexican Modernist Contemporaries
This exhibition also will cover the topic of important women artists during this period. For example, visitors will see María Izquierdo’s 1946 Naturaleza viva, which features a variety of still-life fruits, vegetables, and a conch shell, symbolic of Mexico’s authentic beauty and fresh goods that are abundant across the country.
The shift in Mexico’s post-war modernism movement also will be demonstrated through artworks such as Carlos Mérida’s vibrant and bold 1959 painting titled Festival of the Birds, which uses figurative, surreal, and geometric styles to depict a flock of birds.
The Gelman Collection
Most of the works on view will be from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Jacques and Natasha assembled a robust collection of Mexican modernist artworks by collecting primarily from friends, such as Frida and Diego, who completed commissioned paintings for the family.
Members enjoy advance purchase and discounted tickets to this exhibition.
The Member Preview will occur October 23 and 24. Tickets not yet available.
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