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AGO Collaborates With International Partners to Bring Major Kahlo/Rivera Exhibition to Toronto in Fall 2012

(January 11, 2012)

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/11/12 -- This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present a major survey of masterworks by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two renowned and prolific early 20th-century painters whose work continues to resonate with viewers around the world. Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting features 75 works by the artists, drawn primarily from the collection of Mexico's Museo Dolores Olmedo. These works highlight Rivera and Kahlo's lives together and apart, their politics and relationship to society and how their passionate views and activism influenced their work. The exhibition will be at the AGO from Oct. 20, 2012 through Jan. 20, 2013.

Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting positions the artists' work in the political and artistic contexts of their time. The selected works allude to both artists' support for the Communist movement, as well as the concept of Mexicanidad, an identification with Mexico's indigenous roots.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) and the Museo Dolores Olmedo (Mexico City) in association with The Vergel Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art and Galeria Arvil.

Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting will closely follow the AGO's highly anticipated presentation of Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris. Featuring 147 highlights from the Musee's unparalleled collection, this blockbuster will be on view at the AGO from May 1 through Aug. 26, 2012.

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris is generously supported by Lead Sponsor BMO Financial Group.

Additional support is provided by Air Canada, Official Airline for the exhibition.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

For images and more information, please contact:
Art Gallery of Ontario
Meagan Campbell
416-979-6660 ext. 372

Art Gallery of Ontario
Caitlin Coull
416-979-6660 ext. 364

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