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A fond goodbye to the Frida & Diego ofrenda

January 17th, 2013

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):

What’s next?

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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/marianne.lee.129 Marianne Lee

    So fantastic, this exhibition! Thanks for having it; we truly enjoyed it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jo.ivy.75 Jo Ivy

    This Exibit was one of the most touching and heartwarming shows that i had the pleasure to view.
    Their love and talent intertwined is one that we can all strive for. Deepest respect for Frida & Diego and their forgiven hearts.

  • http://www.ago.net Art Gallery of Ontario

    Thank you, Jo. Very nice to hear that the exhibition connected with you.

  • http://www.ago.net Art Gallery of Ontario

    Thanks, Marianne!