Three Major Exhibitions Coming to the Portland Art Museum

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican ModernismAnsel Adams in Our Time, and Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt make for one of the most exciting exhibition schedules in the Museum’s history. A Museum membership ensures access to all of these exhibitions and more. Single admission tickets will go on sale at later date.

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism

June 13, 2020 – September 27, 2020

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.

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.

Ansel Adams in Our Time

October 17, 2020 – January 24, 2021

Ansel Adams, Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1960
Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984); Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1960 Photograph, gelatin silver print; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Lane Collection, 2018.2681; Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams in Our Time celebrates the visual legacy of the acclaimed American photographer and includes some of his most iconic images, from a symphonic view of snow-dusted peaks in The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (1942) to the sublime Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park (1960).  More than 100 photographs by Adams, displayed alongside images by photographers working both before and after him, will offer visitors a deeper perspective on themes central to Adams’s practice, demonstrate the power of his legacy, and spark conversation about the state of the American landscape of the 21st century.

Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt

August 21, 2021 – January 29, 2022

Statue of the goddess Mut, New Kingdom, 18th-20th Dynasties, 1539 – 1076 B.C.E. Limestone.
Statue of the goddess Mut, New Kingdom, 18th-20th Dynasties, 1539 – 1076 B.C.E. Limestone, 21 1/4 x 11 x 8 1/2 inches (54 x 28 x 22 cm). Museo Egizio, Turin.

Discover “The One for Whom the Sun Shines,” Queen Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Drawn from the world-renowned Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, the exhibition immerses visitors in the magnificent palaces and tombs of ancient Egypt, including Queen Nefertari’s Burial Chamber.  Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt celebrates the role of women—goddesses, queens, and commoners, and offers glimpses into royal life and everyday life of artisans through 230 works of art.