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Rivera and Kahlo face to face in Paris

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Rivera and Kahlo face to face in Paris

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The passionate love and works of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera take centre stage in a new exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.

The exhibition shows how their work is interconnected and how they became 20th century legends in their native Mexico despite their difference in style.

“They were a passionate couple, this is a love story made of storms, of noice, of fury, of separations and encounters. What we wanted to do, the goal of this exhibition, was to bring the work of these two artists together. Not to compare them but to have them speak to each other, and show them to the French public,” said Marie-Paule Vial, director of the Musée de l’Orangerie.

“It’s not easy to show works by Frida and Diego together, above all because of the difference in scale. Diego was the painter of great frescos of ‘murales’ (murals) in Mexico city, and Frida always painted on a very small scale. She painted, above all, self portraits,” says the exhibition’s curator Beatrice Avanzi.

Visitors are invited to explore the couple’s personal history through some of their more important artworks, as well a unique collection of photos and videos of their passionate and often tormented romance.

While Rivera is an icon in his native Mexico and throughout Latin America, it is Kahlo who made a name for herself on the other side of the Atlantic. Kahlo’s personal torment following an accident and three miscarriages, explored through a series of self-portraits, are all examined in the exhibition.

“Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” runs at the Orangerie in Paris until January 2014.

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