Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution Exhibition | Grieve Gillett Architects

Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution Exhibition | Grieve Gillett Architects | Photographer: Saul Steed

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution Exhibition | Grieve Gillett Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Kaurna
Year
2024
Chapter

South Australia

Category
City of Adelaide Prize (SA)
Small Project Architecture
Builder
AGSA Fitout Team
Photographer
Project summary

The design of the exhibition Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution reflects the passion of the artists and their love and their beliefs, as encapsulated by their artwork.

The design is unashamedly bold and stimulating and pays homage to Frida and Diego’s life in art and in the artistic community they constructed around themselves. As designers, our aim is to reflect the story of the artists by means of a carefully considered exhibition design and to enrich the connection between an artist’s works – in this instance, Frida and Diego and some of their contemporaries – their story, the viewer and the space.

With no Australian gallery owning works by either Frida Kahlo or Diego Rivera, this momentous exhibition offered Australian audiences access for the first time to such a comprehensive collection of paintings, photographs, clothing and illustrations by Frida, Diego and other Mexican modernists.

The exhibition Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution provided a unique opportunity for AGSA to collaborate with renowned architecture firm Grieve Gillett Architects to realise a vibrant and dynamic exhibition experience. Combining the expertise of GGA and the curatorial vision of AGSA, the resulting exhibition design created an immersive and evocative environment bringing the essence of mid-century Mexico to Adelaide. This innovative collaboration created a new experience for visitors to the Gallery and undoubtedly added to the outstanding success of the exhibition with audiences from across Australia.

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Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution Exhibition | Grieve Gillett Architects | Photographer: Saul Steed

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