Exhibition: Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

FK & DRThis new exhibition has just arrived at the Art Gallery of NSW and I’m dying to see it.  Running until 9th October it’s their major exhibition for 2016.  Although I should say that the Tang exhibition, Sydney Biennale and other special events this year so far have all been stimulating and well presented with a huge amount of effort being put in to bring us quality art experiences.

FK3Promotions, themed evenings, talks, tours, memorabilia and so on have all been arranged by the gallery staff.  On Wednesday, being the first week of the exhibition, they kicked off the weekly Art After Hours evening with Victor Valdes and the Mexican Mariachi Band and a drop in workshop making Mexican paper flowers.

The entire place was packed.  Rows of bright floral-clothed tables were filled with both adults and children happily following printed instructions on how to create flowers for their hair.

FK1

FK2The band played loud and rousing music, adding to the ambience, with the crowd clapping along and generally enjoying themselves eating, drinking, chatting and making flowers.

FK4I’m so sick of bad news around the world: politics, economies in dire straits, shocking stories of refugees and asylum seekers, weather events destroying lives and futures of thousands and, did I mention POLITICS?

So this is just a short feel-good post to let everyone know art is alive and well, life can be enjoyed from time to time and there are people trying to brighten the world.  And if you can’t get to this exhibition visit http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/artboards/frida-kahlo-diego-rivera/ where you can enjoy a plethora of information on both Frida and Diego.  AGNSW has outdone itself with the format, quality and quantity of the exhibition-dedicated sections of their website.  There is extensive information and images on the artists personal lives, art works and careers as well as some original home movies of the couple and a fantastic video entitled FRIDA and DIEGO – The Australian Years! (Ep 1) which you really shouldn’t miss.  I look forward to your comments particularly on this last item.

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About Claire B

A passionate embroiderer, a printmaker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I'm a perpetual student and love learning and participating in everything creative.
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