Through the exhibition of the works of the Frida Museum, among the most important of the twentieth century collections of Mexican art in which excel Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the "Mexican Renaissance" is narrated (1920-1960) and the history of the artists who were protagonists.
The Frida Kahlo Collection was founded in 1941 when Jacques and Natasha Gelman Zahalkaha, two immigrants from Eastern Europe, met and got married in Mexico City: Jacques was a Russian jew of St. Petersburg, who emigrated to France after the October Revolution and arrived in 1938 in Mexico, where he made fortune producing comedy films of Mario Moreno, the Mexican Charlie Chaplin. In 1943, the Jacques commissioned Diego Rivera portrait of Natasha was the beginning of a long adventure and a great collection.
The Gelman spouses begin to collect the works of the greatest Mexican artists, including María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo and Ángel Zárraga.
In their collection also entered the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, destined to become one of the most famous couples of artists in the world, both for their work and for their endless, intense and destructive love affair. As Frida wrote in his diary: "I suffered two grave accidents in my life ... the first was when a tram has overwhelmed me, and the second was Diego."
The collection consists of paintings, photographs, clothes, jewelry, collages, lithographs, drawings.
Among the works of Frida, there are the most iconic and well-known : Portrait with Necklace (1933), Self-portrait sitting on the bed (1937), Self-Portrait with Monkeys (1943), Self-Portrait as Tehuana (1943) and those inextricably linked to his love Diego, as the loving embrace of the universe, the earth (Mexico), Diego, me and Mr. Xolotl (1949); a "Naturaleza viva" (Living Nature) extraordinary impact, Bride gets scared seeing the open (1943).
Frida herself was the most powerful subject—in the works she traces the life of a woman who has not been spared any pain: the bus accident that destroyed the spine, abortions, the troubled history Diego, the betrayals, the physical punishment, premature death; through the halls of the exhibition will come alive with her emotions and pains.