The Gelman collection represents one of the richest evidences of the golden age of Mexican art and one of the richest collections of art by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, known at a time of relative calm of their compelling and destructive story, just remarried (1940) after a yearlong divorce.
The exhibition La Collezione Gelman: arte messicana del XX secolo. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, RufinoTamayo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Ángel Zárrag takes place at Palazzo Albergati from November 19th, 2016 to March 26th, 2017 curated 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 great 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 and Ángel Zárraga.
Soon the Gelman Collection acquired about 30 works by Frida and Diego Rivera, which are all on display 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 indissolubly linked to that of her great love Diego Rivera. By Diego, the Gelmans exhibited on the walls of their apartment in Mexico City some masterpieces such as Portrait of Natasha Gelman, Sunflowers, The flower seller, all paintings dating back to 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 of them.
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 Comune di Bologna is produced and organized by Arthemisia Group and sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.
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