‘Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit’ @ Detroit Institute of Arts | Mar. 12 – Jul. 12

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

During the Great Depression, legendary Mexican artist Diego Rivera traveled to Detroit to leave his mark on the city with “ Detroit Industry Murals ,” a series of 27 fresco panels in honor of the city’s industries and labor force.

"Detroit Industry," North Wall by Diego Rivera, 1932-33

“Detroit Industry,” North Wall by Diego Rivera, 1932-33

Painted between 1932 and 1933, the panels were commissioned by Edsel Ford . The two main panels on the North and South walls depict laborers working at Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Plant.

"Detroit Industry," South Wall by Diego Rivera, 1932-33

“Detroit Industry,” South Wall by Diego Rivera, 1932-33

Considered by Rivera to be his most successful work, the murals surround the Rivera Court in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

With a special exhibit titled “Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” the institute will celebrate the artist, his world-famous artist wife Frida Kahlo , and the “tumultuous and highly productive year they spent in Detroit, a pivotal turning point in each artist’s career.”

Set to run March 12th through July 12th, the show’s opening ceremony will take place on March 15th. Tickets are limited and advanced purchase is strongly recommended. See more information below.


Exhibit Dates

March 12, 2015 – July 12, 2015


Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202


Adults: Tues. – Fri., $14 / Sat. – Sun., $19
Youth (Ages 6-17): Tues. – Fri., $8 / Sat. – Sun., $9
Groups (15+): Tues. – Fri., $12 / Sat. – Sun., $16 (per person)


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