The High Museum of Art’s exhibition “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting,” featuring more than 120 works of two of Mexico’s most famous artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, closes Sunday, May 12, to make room for another major show.
But before they go, the museum is planning a farewell party Saturday and Sunday that aims to capture the spirit of the artists.
Atlantans are invited to stay up all night to say “adios” to Frida & Diego at a special 31-hour overnight fiesta from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Festivities are to include a Frida-inspired fashion show, DJ Speakerfoxxx, Salsa music with Sabor!, face painting, family activites, special exhibition tours, Lucha Libre Wrestling, body-painted Fridas, a photo booth and Mexican food.
“Frida & Diego” will be replaced by “Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritishuis,” which in addition to the masterpiece by Johannes Vermeer will be accompanied by works of Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen and Carel Fabritius.
“Girl With A Pearl Earring” is to open at the High on June 23. Organized by the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Netherlands, this exhibition has been on an international tour and currently is in San Francisco through June 2.
“These 2013 exhibitions are the result of the High’s ongoing relationships with several of the world’s leading art museums,” Philip Verre, chief operating office for the High,” told Global Atlanta. “With ‘Frida & Diego,’ the exhbition was a museum first: creation of the High’s first fully bilingual exhibition.”
The “Frida & Diego’ exhibition came to be through a partnership with the Toronto-based Art Gallery of Ontario and Mexico City’s Museo Dolores Olmedo, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art and Galeria Arvil.
It was shown in conjunction with a photograph exhibit titled “The Latin List: Photographs by Timonthy Greenfield-Sanders” that featured portraits of 30 Hispanic Americans including Cuban-born American singer Gloria Estefan, comedian and actor George Lopez, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez from New Jersey, broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
An estimated 145,000 visitors already have come to see “Frida & Diego” and the accompanying photography exhibit since they opened on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 and many more are expected. The photograph exhibit is to close on May 19.
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