ArtStart and the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee bring Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit to RhinelanderSubmitted: 08/20/2019
Rose McBride
Rose McBride

ArtStart and the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee bring Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit to Rhinelander
RHINELANDER - ArtStart in Rhinelander features the work of artists from all over the world in many different mediums. 

Now it'll share the life story of two famous Mexican artists.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are two of Mexico's most celebrated artists. 

"They have an interesting story," said ArtStart volunteer Exhibitions Coordinator Patty Fitzpatrick.

That story includes love, pain and loss. Now, that emotion is on display at ArtStart. 

"It's a really, really interesting exhibition," said Fitzpatrick. 

ArtStart worked with the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee to bring a series of photographs depicting the life and death of the famous couple. 

"They are present in every history and art classes all over the world," said Deputy Consul Karina Blas.

Tuesday Blas came to see the exhibit before it officially opens Thursday. 

"[It is] our interest to promote Mexican culture and especially the history of two of our greatest Mexican icons in art," said Blas. 

The photos tell the story of Kahlo and Rivera's lives, from their volatile but loving relationship to Kahlo's early death, through the eyes of those who knew the couple best. 

"Most of [the photos] are from friends, not specifically artists, but mostly friends of Diego and Frida," said Blas. 

Kahlo and Rivera spent time working in Mexico City, but also in San Francisco, Detroit, And New York. Their art goes beyond just their home county. Now a snapshot into their lives can be seen right here in the Northwoods. 

"They both made a huge contribution to contemporary art," said Fitzpatrick. 

The exhibition runs from August 22 to November 2. ArtStart is also featuring a collection of works by students of well-known master painters in another gallery.

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