20th-Century Mexican Art Collection on exhibit in Bologna through March 26, 2017


The Gelman Collection: Mexican Art of the 20th-Century

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Ángel Zárraga

Through March 26, 2017 at the Palazzo Albergati, Bologna – ITALY


Frida Kahlo

On exhibit through March 26 at the Palazzo Albergati in Bologna are 20th-Century art works from Mexican artists featuring Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, along with their contemporaries: Rufino Tamayo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Ángel Zárraga.

The works are from the Gelman Collection and represent iconic images of the lives of Frida and Diego as well as a representation of Mexico and the social and cultural movement during the Mexican Revolution. Jacques Gelman and Natasha Zahalkaha, two Eastern European immigrants, met and wed in Mexico City in 1941. After some financial success, the Gelmans quickly became great patrons and collectors of the arts and established friendships with Frida, Diego, and other artists.

The Gelmans acquired several works by Frida including Self-Portrait with Necklace (1933), Self-Portrait Sitting on the Bed (1937), Self-Portrait with Monkeys (1943), Self-Portrait as Tehuana (1943) and The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me and Señor Xolotl (1949), all on display now in Bologna. Along with these paintings and many others—over 30 by Frida Kahlo—are personal items on display: photographs, clothes, jewelry, diary pages, and original film footage.

“I have experienced two serious accidents in my life … the first was the tram crash and the second Diego.” – Frida Kahlo


Diego Rivera

The exhibition, curated by Gioia Mori, also introduces the visitor to the works of Rufino Tamayo (Ceilings, 1925 and Portrait of Cantinflas, 1948), David Alfaro Siqueiros (Isqueiros for Siqueiros, 1930), Ángel Zárraga (Portrait of Jacques Gelman, 1945) and María Izquierdo (Circus Scene with Gypsy, 1940 and Live Naturalness, 1946) who represent all the main international cultural movements that passed through Mexico at that time.

Bologna is just a quick 30-minute train ride from Florence on the fast train. The palazzo can be easily reached by foot from the train station.



Palazzo Albergati
Via Saragozza 28, Bologna – ITALY

Exhibition hours: 10am-8pm daily
Tickets: €14 (includes audio guide)




About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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