Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1932

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1932

For those of us who live here, it’s long been a legendary story.

The current exhibit, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, up until July at the Detroit Institute of Arts, is well worth seeing.  I caught it on April 27th. On the same day, there was also a lecture and slide show by Frida Kahlo biographer Hayden Herrera.

I’d immersed myself in this story before seeing the exhibit.  First, I researched and wrote the previous blog post. Then I read Patrick Marnham’s 1998 book Dreaming With His Eyes Open A Life of Diego Rivera.  I also engaged in other researches.  I saw a few films and did other readings.  So I was primed to see see the exhibit.

They’re both amazing artists and are both well-represented here.  I look forward to reading the catalogue.

There seems to be no mention of the troubles which faced the Detroit frescoes in 1952.  This was long after the couple had left town.  I thought that it’s an important part of the mural’s history.

Their lives were quite adventurous.  Kahlo’s health was often fragile and she died at the age of 47.  Rivera wasn’t always a nice man.  Some of his circle described him as “amoral.”  Yet they both had the energy and drive to create a group of excellent art works.  Also, they cared about each other and felt tied to each other.

I enjoy exploring their histories and their work.

Supplemental Information

Thanks to my sister Gazine for helping to find some of these articles.

A 1933 article about Frida Kahlo:


More on Frida Kahlo:






More on Diego Rivera:




Hayden Herrera:



On the current 2015 exhibit on Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit:




One Response to “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit”

  1. Robert Says:

    Thanks for the article and links

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