MNBAQ reveals the world of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

MNBAQ’s director of collections and exhibitions Annie Gauthier and exhibition curator André Gilbert stand in front of a reproduction of Diego Rivera’s huge mural, Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park. The original, which measures five metres by almost 16 metres, can be found in the Museo Mural Diego Rivera in Mexico City, but Rivera had first painted it on the Hotel del Prado’s dining room wall in 1947. After the hotel was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1985, the wall was carefully cut into sections and reassembled in the new museum, which was constructed around it.

The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) recently opened a new exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding works by history’s most celebrated painter couple, Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She was a committed artist and female role model. He was Mexico’s foremost muralist painter.