As Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting draws to a close, we want to thank everyone who left pieces of their hearts and minds behind and together made the ofrenda a deeply meaningful part of the exhibition.
Since Mexican artist Carlomagno Pedro Martínez installed this tribute to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the end of October, AGO visitors have been contributing their thoughts, wishes and memories to the ofrenda. Some have left paper flowers, others notes to one of the artists or both — one visitor even paid homage to the artists and their heritage with a family photo.
Here is the ofrenda shortly after Carlomagno constructed it (late October 2012):
Here it is a month later (late November 2012):
And this is what the ofrenda looked like this week (Jan. 16, 2013):
After the exhibition closes, the ceramic pieces of the ofrenda will go back to Carlomagno. AGO staff will catalogue all of the notes and objects that our visitors contributed to the ofrenda, and they will archive some of them as a testament to the project.