Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition @ The Art Gallery of NSW

  Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera with one of their pet monkeys.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera with one of their pet monkeys.

The story behind two of the world's most iconic Mexican 20th-century artists is being told at the Art Gallery of New South Wales between June 25 to October 9, 2016. Whether it be their striking works of art or turbulent relationship, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera mastered the art of capturing the audience's attention.

The exhibition presents 33 artworks, including Frida Kahlo's alluring self-portraits and Diego Rivera's canvas paintings. The work is said to be a biographical display of the artist's lives. Alongside the works are over 50 photographs and hand-written letters which provide insights into the couple's world.

Having attended the showcase myself today, one of the highlights for me was Kahlo’s 1943 work ‘Self portrait with monkeys’. Here Frida Kahlo represented herself in the company of monkeys, which she kept as pets. It has been told that Frida kept various pets, including monkeys, deer, and exotic birds, as surrogates for the children she could not have, due to the severe injuries she received in her accident.

For those already familiar with her work, as well as her life with Diego, this exhibition will no doubt provide a heartfelt experience.