The Buenos Aires salon exhibits Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait with Diego

A new exhibition offers art lovers in Buenos Aires the chance to examine an iconic self-portrait by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), which is the most expensive work by a Latin American artist ever sold at auction.

The artist’s work ‘Diego y yo’ (‘Diego and I’) is the centerpiece of the new exhibition ‘Tercer ojo’ (‘Third Eye’) at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Museum of Art Buenos Aires Latin American) – also known as Malba – which opened on Thursday evening.

The museum’s founder, Argentinian entrepreneur Eduardo Costantini, bought the painting at auction in New York last November for a record $34.9 million.

Completed in 1949, “Diego y yo” shows Kahlo’s own face with her husband Diego Rivera depicted in the middle of her forehead.

The painting is his last self-portrait, created five years before his death in 1954.

It represents her passionate but difficult relationship with the famous muralist, whom she divorced before the couple remarried in 1940.

The painting was last on public display in 1998, before being purchased by a private collection in the United States.

In 2021 it was sold at auction, fetching the highest price ever paid for Latin American art.

“Tecer ojo” combines Costantini’s private collection and works from La Malba, with 240 pieces by Latin American artists like Diego Rivera, Tarsila do Amaral, Xul Solar, Joaquin Torres Garcia, Emilio Pettoruti, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Maria Martins, Remedios Varo, Antonio Berni and Jorge de la Vega on display.

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