Quoting Frida Kahlo - 'I have suffered two grave accidents in my life, one in which a streetcar knocked me down ... The other accident is Diego'. The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection exhibition recently opened at the Art Gallery of NSW and captures how Frida's work was influenced by traumatic physical and emotional pain that she endured in her life.
Frida suffered lifelong health problems many of which were caused by a tragic traffic accident she survived and spent months in hospital recovering from. She also suffered emotionally from her relation with Diego Rivera. This exhibition showcases her realistic painting style which was dominated by self portraits and the works of Diego Rivera with whom she was married with for almost ten years.
The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection comprises of more than 30 artworks and 49 photographs.
Many of Diego and Frida's work explored family, their relationship and their own personal and political struggles. Frida's training was more self taught and influenced by her father and later by Diego whereas Diego was academically trained.
I really loved Frida's self portraits in this collection especially self portrait with monkeys and Diego on my mind. My favourite photographs are from her father's collection shown below c 1920. As well as photographs from American and Mexican photographers Leo Matiz, Martin Munkácsi and Nickolas Muray.
While the exhibition might not have interactive features for children and the exhibition space is intimate, art as I see it is a part of life and children should be exposed to it from a young age so that they can appreciate art and get used to galleries.
Tips to enjoy the exhibition with kids:
- Chat to your little ones about Frida and her life and what to expect of the exhibition
- Show them a few pictures so that they can relate to them
- Sessions are timed so book tickets online during the week after 3pm if possiblble to avoid the crowd
- Use the lifts on right hand side of info desk to go up to Upper Level where the exhibition is held
- Go around the exhibition twice within your session if you feel that you have missed something
- Parents rooms are located on level 1 and lower level 1. Level 1 is next to the café
- Bring some snacks for the little ones to have at the café or enjoy a snack box at the café or grab a picnic and have it on the domain lawns
- Take public transport if you can as parking in the city is a bit on the expensive side however you can get $6 off at domain car park if validated at the gallery showing your ticket (see domain car park website for more details)