March 12 - The Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City welcomes Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera paintings back after a two-year world tour. Sharon Reich reports.
A welcome homecoming. After touring the world for nearly two years, a collection of paintings by famed Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are back on display in Mexico City. The Dolores Olmedo Museum houses the world's largest collection of works by the couple. Museum Director Josefina Garcia says the paintings are now being displayed in a new way to celebrate their return. SOUNDBITE: Josefina Garcia, Dolores Olmedo Museum's Director of Collections and Education services, saying (Spanish): "The pieces (Diego Rivera paintings) are arranged in a chronological, thematic way so people can recognize the development Diego Rivera had as an artist since 1907, which is the earliest painting we have, located in the first room." Kahlo's paintings have been separated into two rooms. One is titled "Color" and the other "Pain." SOUNDBITE: Josefina Garcia, Dolores Olmedo Museum's Director of Collections and Education services, saying (Spanish): "Frida's paintings, which are more focused, are in the other room. Keep keep in mind, Frida had a tragic life, due to all the suffering she faced such as the operations and the fact she was unable to have children." Kahlo, who was crippled in a tram accident as a teenager, focused on themes of female suffering and mutilation in her work. Rivera's murals portraying political themes such as capitalism, communism and imperialism adorn Mexico City's National Palace.