Mexico – Frida, Diego, and the Monarch Butterfly

Retrato de Natasha Gelman, 1943, Diego Rivera (1886-1957) © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D. F./Artists Rights. Society (ARS), New York

As most Travel Society members know, we have a soft spot in our hearts for Mexico. This amazingly diverse country has a great deal to offer beyond gorgeous beaches and well-known historic sites. The delicious food, historic small towns, fascinating architecture and rich culture are what makes this country great. Mexico is a rich tapestry which can’t be encapsulated in a week-long package holiday.

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path vacation, Mexico is a great place to visit. Flights are inexpensive, and there are some amazing little properties just waiting to be discovered. From small B&B’s to glamorous boutique hotels, there is something out there for anyone wishing to escape the crowds of the resort towns. Call or email us and we can help with your booking.

Frida & Diego

Autorretrato con monos, 1943, Diego Rivera (1886-1957) © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D. F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) recently launched an extraordinary exhibit about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera entitled FRIDA & DIEGO Passion, Politics and Painting. Assembled from three distinguished Mexican private collections of Mexican art; the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Colección Gelman, and Galería Arvil. The exhibit features 155 works, including paintings and photographs of the couple from the 1920s and 1930s. At the media launch of the exhibit, it was clear that this would become a favourite – even the often-jaded reporters and media writers were engrossed, moving very slowly so as to savour each work.  We have included some images here for your enjoyment.

Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita, 1931 Diego Rivera (1886-1957) © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D. F., Artists Rights Society (ARS),New York

“Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were, individually, among the most fascinating artists of the 20th century. This is the first presentation of their works together in Canada, which offers a different kind of experience,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, AGO director and CEO. “The exhibition tells a compelling and timeless story, providing insight into their tumultuous relationship, their political beliefs and their shared passion for Mexico.”

If you are in Toronto and would like to see the exhibit in person, tickets range from $16.50 for youth and student visitors to $25 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO Members and for children ages 5 and under. Tickets can be booked by visiting ago.net/frida-diego-passion-politics-and-painting; the exhibit runs until January 20, 2013

Monarch Butterflies – © 2012 Michoacán el alma de México

The monarch butterfly leads a short but amazing life, and although many Canadians (especially those of us living in Ontario) are familiar with their bright orange wings, most people aren’t aware of the incredible journey they make after they disappear from our gardens. These tiny creatures (the weight of a paperclip!) fly all the way from Southern Ontario to Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains, even though they’ve never been there before. This amazing journey is clearly explained in Flight of the Butterflies, a new 3D movie to be widely released in 2013. A lovely movie for the entire family, it is well worth the price of admission. You will come away richer as a result.