Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit Exhibit at the DIA

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly.- Frida Kahlo

I have a confession to make; I love museums.  Phew!  I feel so relieved to have gotten that off my chest- ‘You’ll still like me, right?’.  Now that you know that I’m an art history nerd at heart, I feel like I can tell you that one of my favorite places to visit in Michigan is the Detroit Institute of Arts.  So I couldn’t be more excited that the DIA is hosting the Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit exhibit starting this coming March.

The exhibit focuses on the year, from 1932-33, when Rivera and Kahlo lived in the city so that he could create the Detroit Industry murals, which were commissioned by Edsel Ford, on the courtyard walls at the DIA.  From what I’ve read it really sounds like the tumultuous pair took the city by storm; he carried a pistol and she carried a flask.  And they didn’t leave without first stirring up a little controversy.

The city had a profound impact on both of their work.  It was during this year that Frida really came into her own as an artist and honed the Surrealist style that she’s known for today.  What makes the exhibit so exciting is that most of the works she painted in Detroit will be shown in the Motor City for the first time.  I can’t wait to see how Detroit inspired her.

Diego & Kahlo painting at the DIA.

The exhibit will feature nearly 70 works of art that depict the progression of their careers as artists.  There will also be photos of the pair at work and at play in Detroit.  It runs from Sunday, March 15- Sunday, July 12.  I’m so excited, I can hardly wait!

The mural in progress.


Frida overlooking Rivera court.

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