Philbrook Museum of Art will host an exhibition next year featuring works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her partner, Diego Rivera.
"Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism" is made up of pieces from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Philbrook President and CEO Scott Stulen said the exhibit’s 150-plus items have recently been on an international tour.
"What's really important about it and why it's so important coming to Tulsa is that it's going to feature several of her kind of key, iconic paintings that many people when they see will recognize that are not available to be seen most of the time. So, it's a pretty rare thing to have them all together in one place," Stulen said.
In addition to works by Kahlo and Rivera, the exhibit will include works by their contemporaries and photographs that offer a deeper look into Kahlo’s life and art. Philbrook will also host interpretive events around the exhibition.
"Frida had and still has at her former home in Mexico this incredible garden. So, we're going to be riffing on that and doing our kind of own version of it here in Philbrook's garden. So, you'll have that experience, too. And then we're working on several other things, like culinary experiences riffing off the show," Stulen said.
Jacques and Natasha Gelman were leading patrons of the Mexican avant-garde who acquired and commissioned pieces over several decades. Philbrook's exhibition will run June 23–Sept. 12, 2022. Philbrook members will get the first opportunity to see it.