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"Frida Kahlo. Diego and I" at Fundación MALBA in Buenos Aires, Argentina

26 August 2022 | 04 July 2024

A central artpiece of the exhibition "Third eye. The Costantini Collection in Malba" is the self-portrait Diego y yo (1949) by Frida, which broke records for Latin American art when Costantini bought it for his personal collection in November 2021. This final self-portrait that Frida painted before her death in 1954 features her husband Diego Rivera's face as a third eye. This piece will be on display alongside the Malba Collection's "Autorretrato con chango y loro" [Self-portrait with monkey and parrot] (1942) and a sizable assortment of papers, which include pictures, correspondence, and personal belongings of Frida Kahlo.

“The accident changed my life: Ever since, my obsession has been to begin again, painting things exactly as I see them, relying on my own eye—nothing else.” Frida Kahlo was born into a strict family—she was the daughter of German Jew Guillermo Kahlo and Catholic mestiza Matilde Calderón—and from an early age, she showed a keen interest in science. She suffered multiple fractures to her spine after the bus accident in 1925, when she was eighteen years old. She underwent about twenty-seven operations in the years that followed the accident. While Diego Rivera was painting the murals for the Bolívar Amphitheater in 1922, Frida had met him; however, their romance did not start until 1928. One year later, they were married

"Diego and I" stands for the stormy marriage of Frida and Diego, who were wed for nearly 25 years in a passionate and tumultuous union. Despite her opposition to the Catholic faith that her mother had taught her, Kahlo included Catholic imagery into her works of art. She is very spiritual in both her life and her work. Her conception of transcendence was influenced by the way ancient Mesoamerican cultures understood death; this perspective was based on a cyclical understanding of time in which life and death are intertwined in an unending continuum. Egyptian culture, Buddhism, Hinduism, and occult teachings are also deeply ingrained in her worldview; in fact, it is from these sources that the third eye is represented in "Diego y Yo"'s artwork.

More info at the Museum website below.