Frida Kahlo, Diego on my Mind, 1943.
Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1958), Diego on my Mind, 1943, oil on masonite, courtesy of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism

Feb 19, 2022 – Jun 5, 2022

Internationally beloved artists Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) and Diego Rivera (1886–1957) played a crucial role in defining and establishing the Avant-Garde cultural movement in Mexico in the early 20th century. Their famously stormy marriage reflected their diverging artistic styles: While Rivera’s art projected itself outward, often in vast murals, and concerned itself with the construction of a national identity in postwar Mexico, Kahlo’s turned inward and represented Mexicanidad through an exploration of her personal identity. The exhibition will feature many of Kahlo’s most famous self-portraits and rarely seen oil paintings by Rivera, as well as works by other icons of Mexican modernism.

Coordinated for Portland Art Museum by Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Presenting Sponsors

  • The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation/Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer
  • The Laura and Roger Meier Family

Corporate Lead Sponsor

Major Sponsors

  • Mary Beth and Roger Burpee
  • Cooper and Sanda DuBois

  • The Standard
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Whitsell


  • Bonhams
  • Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
  • Greg and Cathy Tibbles

  • Dan Wieden and Priscilla Bernard Wieden
  • Drs. Dolores and Fernando Leon
  • Stephanie Fowler and Irving Levin of The Renaissance Foundation
  • Spencer Noecker and Cambria Benson Noecker