Living in the Southern Hemisphere certainly has its upsides, but culturally speaking, we can often lack the art-world bang that cities like New York, London, Paris and Berlin seem to naturally attact. Sure, we had Marina Abramovic's visit our fair shores this year, but it's fair to say that huge, superstar art exhibitions aren't all that common in Australia. So we were pretty damn excited when we heard that the Art Gallery of NSW are bringing a huge exhibit of Mexican artists (and former husband and wife) Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to Sydney next year.

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There's a Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibit coming to Sydney!

'Self-portrait with monkeys', 1938 (L), 'Diego on my mind', 1943 (R)

It's a massive coup for the gallery and a rare one at that, so be sure to mark your diaries for June 2016. You can expect to see 40 artworks from the private archives of Jacques and Natasha Gelman (arguably one of the best collections of 20th century art in the world), including Kahlo's renowned self-portrait paintings and drawings and some of muralist Rivera's canvas works.

There's a Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibit coming to Sydney!

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, 1938

Also on show will be 50 photographs taken by people such as Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida's father, Guillermo Kahlo. Considering the tempestuous and colourful relationship between Kahlo and Rivera, expect to see a intimate look at the pair's fascinating life. 

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There's a Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibit coming to Sydney!

Frida Kahlo with Granizo, 1939

The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit will run from June 25 to October 9, 2016. For more information head to artgallery.nsw.gov.au.

There's a Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibit coming to Sydney!

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