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Snapshots: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting 

March 1, 2013
The High Museum’s blockbuster exhibition of Mexico’s two most iconic painters is a massive must-see. The exhibition of more than 75 works isn’t making any other stops in the United States. Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting reflects Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s large-scale ambitions and visions, but the magic is in the exhibit’s small moments.
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Diego Rivera, “Autorretrato (Self-Portrait),” 1930

Collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, Mexico. © 2012 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D. F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
At the edge of lithographs and drawings, Kahlo and Rivera often wrote dedications or stray thoughts. Take, for example, Rivera’s self-portrait from 1930. On the left side, he dedicates it to Dolores Olmedo, to whom he gave the lithograph in 1930. Sometime after that, she gave it back, because on the right side, there is a much longer and complicated dedication from 1955, when he gave it to her for the second time. Read between those lines and you’ll find the shape of a scandal.
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