The multidisciplinary design workshop THiNC – Héctor Esrawe + Ignacio Cadena – has intervened in two spaces in the exhibition Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting at the High Museum in Atlanta. The exhibition presents the work of the two artists, as well as a series of photographs narrating Frida and Diego’s life together and passion for one another. The two spaces intervened in by THiNC are profoundly inspired by the personal relationship between the two artists, and by their work. In the intervention, THiNC used as motifs two colours that are representative of the work of the artists: yellow and red.
“Insanity, disease, cowardice, part of the sun and of joy!” Frida Kahlo
This space, which is entirely saturated in yellow, focuses on an archetypical local chair as an element in the Mexican colonial heritage, and a frequently recurring object in the private and personal spaces inhabited by Diego and Frida. The repetition of the element creates a large-scale sculpture that is full of texture and geometry, which is homogenised by the colour yellow and alludes to the sun and happiness.
“Blood? Who can say?” Frida Kahlo
This space – steeped in the colour red – is inspired by the close relationship between Frida and the bed to which she was confined for much of her life, due to the injuries she sustained in a tragic accident at the age of eighteen. It was on this item of furniture – and with the help of a mirror that she had installed on the bed’s canopy – that Frida created several of the self-portraits in which she recorded her suffering. The colour is reminiscent of these feelings, and it also evokes Diego in the colour of the Communist Party. These two intervened spaces translate into contemporary language a part of the life and work of the couple, at the same time that they explore the limits between colour, sculptural installation and functional space.
This exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta features more than 120 paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, including an important group of photographs by artists who captured the couple’s shared passion for each other and for Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition is co-organised by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City, in association with the Vergel Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, and Galeria Arvil. The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. The Museum has more than 13,000 works of art in its permanent collection; it also has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art; significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art.Location: Atlanta, USA Designer: THiNC® | Héctor Esrawe + Ignacio Cadena