The Gelman collection brings together some of the most important examples of the golden age of Mexican art. It is also one of the most significant collections of works by the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. These works come from a time of relative calm of Rivera and Kahlo’s compelling and destructive relationship, having just remarried in 1940 after an estrangement and divorce that lasted one year.
The exhibition La Collezione Gelman: arte messicana del XX secolo (The Gelman Collection: Mexican art of the 20th century), Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Ángel Zárrag takes place at Palazzo Albergati from November 19th, 2016 to March 26th, 2017, and iscurated by Gioia Mori.
The Gelman Collection came into being in 1941 when Jacques Gelman and Natasha Zahalkaha, two Eastern European émigrés, married in Mexico City. The Gelmans soon became dedicated patrons of the arts and keen collectors, establishing friendships with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as many artists who were their contemporaries such as RufinoTamayo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros andÁngel Zárraga.
Soon the Gelman Collection acquired about 30 works by Frida and Diego Rivera, all of which are on exhibit in Bologna, including Self-Portrait with Necklace (1933), Self-Portrait Sitting on the Bed (1937), Self-Portrait with Monkeys (1943), Self-Portrait as Tehuana (1943); The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me and Señor Xolotl (1949);The Bride Frightened at Seeing Life Opened (1943). These works by Frida are iconic images of her life that was inextricably linked to that of the love of her life, Diego Rivera. Some of Rivera’s masterpieces resided in the Gelmans apartment in Mexico City, such asPortrait of Natasha Gelman, Sunflowers, The flower seller, all paintings bearing the date of 1943, the year of their meeting. The exhibition not only includes paintings, photographs, clothes, jewelry, collages, lithographs and drawings, but also clothes from the most important international designers inspired by Frida Kahlo: such as Gianfranco Ferrè, Antonio Marras, Valentino just to name few.
The exhibition La Collezione Gelman: arte messicana del XX secolo. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, RufinoTamayo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Ángel Zárrag with the patronage of the Municipality of Bologna is produced and organized by Arthemisia Group and sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.
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La Collezione Gelman: Arte Messicana del XX secolo