By Collin Kelley

Art lovers are eagerly anticipating the opening of “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting” at the High Museum on Feb. 14. A collaboration between the High and Art Gallery of Ontario, this major exhibition of the work of iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is making its only US stop in Atlanta.

The show will feature some of the best examples of Kahlo and Rivera’s work with approximately 140 works primarily drawn from the collection of Mexico’s Museo Dolores Olmedo, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, and the Galería Arvil. The exhibition will pair together works by Frida and Diego chronologically and according to themes, including maternity, Mexican identity and portraiture.

The landmark exhibit, which continues through May 12, will be the first retrospective of the two Mexican artists’ work in the Southeast.

“Most scholarship about Frida and Diego focuses on their tumultuous relationship as a couple rather than their shared ideas and ideals,” said Elliott King, guest curator of the exhibition. “’Frida & Diego’ instead focuses on how the artists influenced each other while learning from and sharing in each other’s successes and failures. It considers both artists in a shared cultural and political context.”

Some of Kahlo’s most famed paintings, including “The Broken Column” and “My Dress Hangs There,” will be on show along with Rivera’s “Flower Day” and his self-portrait, “Autorretrato.”

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.