Mexico’s Embassy to Romania organized Frida Kahlo’s Festival in Bucharest and Timisoara as of October 17, in an attempt to familiarize the Romanian audience with the life of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
The first event is the photo exhibition Diego y Frida. “Una sonrisa a mitad del camino/ Diego and Frida. A halfway smile” at the Point Cultural Hub in Bucharest on October 17, 7 p.m. The exhibition includes 50 black&white photos captured by famous authors such as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Nicholas Murray, Los Hermanos Mayo.
The photos display moments from the life of the two artists: their trip to the US, their friendship with Trotsky and André Bretón, but also photos from the couple’s second marriage, as well as the last photo of the pair and photos depicting Frida before her death.
The special guest will be the Mexican art curator Gregorio Luke.
The film “Frida, Naturaleza Viva” will be screened at the Cervantes Institute in Bucharest on October 18, 7 p.m. Most of the scenes have been shot in the artist’s famous Azul House in Ciudad de Mexico. The film will reveal Frida’s early suffering, which accompanied her until the last day of her life.
In Timisoara, curator Gregorio Luke will lecture at Jecza Gallery on October 19, 7 p.m. about the art of Frida and Diego, in an event supported by the Mexico’s honorary consulate in Timisoara.
Frida Khalo was a Mexican painter who mostly painted self-portraits. Inspired by the Mexican popular culture, she employed a naive folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.
She was left disabled by polio as a child, and at the age of eighteen was seriously injured in a traffic accident, which caused her pain and medical problems for the rest of her life. Khalo was married to Diego Rivera, one of Mexico’s most successful artists and a notable figure, with whom had a tumultous relationship until her death.