The exhibition, Viva la Vida. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Paintings and graphics from museum and private collections, will remain open at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall until 12 March. Initially it was to close on 22 February.
“The exhibition of works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is one of most visited and widely discussed cultural events this season. It is of interest to both Muscovites and tourists and has already been visited by about 200,000 people. With this is mind, it was decided to extend the show to 12 March. So, if you have not yet been able to see the exhibition, you have a whole month to do so,” noted Deputy Moscow Mayor Natalya Sergunina.
The Manezh presents more than 90 canvases, drawings and lithographs in a retrospective of works, which is exceptional in terms of its composition. Numerous self-portraits by Frida Kahlo, impressionist works by Diego Rivera and unique photos from their family archives are among the exhibits.
The exhibition also features works from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts as well as paintings and graphics from European and Latin American private collections.
The Swiss collector, Anne-Marie Springer, provided the exhibition with love letters written by Kahlo to her husband Diego Rivera, between 1940 and 1953. The letters help reveal how important Diego and painting were in her life.
A special programme of lectures, film screenings, stage productions and performances has been prepared to accompany the exhibition.