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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in pictures

The Bowes Museum, in Northern England, will host an exclusive exhibition showing the controversial relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.


Luis Domínguez

The lives of this talented couple will be shown through an exhibition of 36 photographs. The context of the pictures will be the political events in Mexico during the first half of the 20th century.

The exhibition, called “Complicidades: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” will show some of the key moments in the relationship of the couple, as well as their works and private lives during that time.

The public will be able to take a closer look at the couple’s work, their passion for paint, family life and their relationship with Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, who later became Frida Kahlo’s lover.

The pictures also show Rivera and Kahlo’s great interest in the politics of Mexico’s revolution.

Furthermore, the pictures reflect their constant battle for workers’ rights and national values at a time when there were several ideologies and political views.

The title of the exhibition, “Complicidades”, is a reference to the first ideological connection between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: the Mexican Revolution.

Their ideas, together with their passion for paint, allowed for a very peculiar relationship to build and an exceptional complicity in their political activism.

Even though towards the end of the 50s, health problems and cancer ended the couple’s lives, their legend, cultural and artistic legacy in Mexico is still remembered and present.

“Complicidades: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” has already toured several European countries and will be in the UK exclusively at the Bowes Museum. The museum is in Barnard Castle, County Durham, in north-east England.

The exhibition will open to the public from the 12th May to the 24th June. For more information, visit

(Translated by David Buchanan (Google Docs) – Email:

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