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2000-03-31 until 2000-05-28
Helsinki City Art Museum's
Tennis Palace galleries
The exhibition will be an extensive presentation of the art and life of this
colourful artist, including drawings, oils, water colours, gouaches and pastels, and a wide collection of Rivera's
correspondence, sketch books, newspaper clippings and other documentary material. In addition, there will be some 50
photographs of Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo, some of which were taken by renowned photographers such as
Manuel Alvarez Bravo. There will also be large and impressive photographic reproductions of Rivera's murals in Mexico
and the United States.
Diego Rivera was fond of telling stories and some of them have become legends about his own life. However, it is
known that in his youth Rivera was a member of the circle of artists in Montparnasse in Paris, together with Picasso and
others. After his return to Mexico in the early 1920s, Rivera, in collaboration with other young artists, sought to build a
new Mexican identity and society through their art. Rivera is famous for his monumental murals whose motifs range from
Mexico's history to its daily life. These murals combine European modernism with Mexico's folk traditions and the myths
of its indigenous peoples.
Diego Rivera is one of Mexico's national artists. The works in the exhibition are on loan from museums and private
collections in Mexico, the United States and Europe. The Rivera exhibition forms a part of the Helsinki City Art
Museum's series of shows on Mexican art. In 1997, the Museum presented an exhibition of the works of Frida Kahlo,
Rivera's wife, which was attended by a record crowd of 103,000 visitors.
The Diego Rivera exhibition is curated by Christina Burrus of France. It is organized in collaboration with
Kunstforeningen (Copenhagen) and Kulturhuset (Stockholm). The exhibition was made possible by our partners,
Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA), the Mexican Embassy in Helsinki and Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc. in New