Exhibit Review: Frida and Diego

What are the hottest 3 P’s our young professionals need to know about?

Passion, Politics, and Painting.

Yes, and that’s exactly what you will get, feel and experience when you take plan an afternoon and make your way over to our city’s Art Gallery of Ontario to view their current, and I think one of their more romantic exhibitions, Frida & Diego.

Featuring over 80 pieces of Frida’s smaller surreal yet realist self portrait paintings against Diego’s large mural type works, the exhibition leads you through their passion for one another and their involvement in Mexico’s revolutionary culture in the 1920s and 1930s.

In addition to the strong, abounding visual work of the couple, there are just over 60 stunning photographs shot by Nickolas Muray, Lola Alvarez Bravo and more, revealing beautiful black/white and brilliant colour sneak peeks inside Frida and Diego’s emotionally artistic connected world together. I found the contrast of such stark black and whites of the couple to colourful portraits for Frida with her visually distinctive look such a wonderful play against their own works. It gives a whole sense of what they were all about.


Walk in, stand in the middle of each of the curated spaces and just look around you. Feel the struggles. Feel their dedication.
You will walk away inspired.

“I imagined myself as Frida to Diego, both muse and maker. I dreamed of meeting an artist to love and support and work with side by side”

– Patti smith

The show is on until January 20th, 2013 – plenty of time to take a trip over to the AGO.

P.S. Do you love art, live music, food & wine? We do! Make sure you check out AGO’s 1st Thursdays!, where they spend an evening focused on Frida & Diego, featuring a headlining performance by Polaris Prize–shortlisted band Yamantaka//Sonic Titan and a showstopping Frida-inspired performance installation by iconic Toronto artist Nina Arsenault.