DIA presents the surreal, imaginative world of
Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí
DETROIT: The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) welcomes
“Guests of Honor” from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
in Buffalo, New York:
Self Portrait with Monkey, 1938 by Frida Kahlo
The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image,
1938 by Salvador Dalí (1904–1989).
These works will be on display from February 7 through September
27, 2020, with a loan of another important Dalí’s painting,
Remorse, or Sphinx Embedded in the Sand, 1931 from
the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State
University in East Lansing. They will be accompanied by
photographic portraits of the two iconic artists, from the
Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman collection in Detroit and the
DIA’s permanent collection. These works will be located adjacent
to Diego Rivera’s
Detroit Industry murals.
According to DIA, the paintings attest to Kahlo’s and Dalí’s
interest in unsettling imagery and unusual subject matter, and
their imaginative, larger-than-life personalities.
Both artists were deeply interested in self-analysis and drew
a variety of
biographical as well as non-biographical sources to construct
and present their artistic identities in their work, and beyond
Self Portrait with Monkey, Kahlo portrays herself as
a poised, self-assured woman, with her signature prominent
eyebrows and a fearless gaze. She adorns her neck with a bone
and shell necklace that symbolizes her love and devotion to
Mexican heritage and culture. The painting will be shown
alongside three photographs from the DIA’s permanent collection.
One, a portrait of Kahlo by Nickolas Muray (1892–1965),
and two images by Bernard G. Silberstein (1905–1999),
including a photograph of Kahlo painting
Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego on My Mind) with
Diego Rivera, her husband and painter of DIA’s famous
Detroit Industry murals, standing behind her.
Remorse, or Sphinx Embedded in the Sand, showing an
enigmatic woman looking across a barren landscape, is a
testament to the artist’s inventive imagination.
The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image
demonstrates the virtuosity of his surrealist technique of
double image and optical illusion. These paintings will be
displayed with two photographs of Dalí, revealing importance of
self-representation in his work.
DIA hours are: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission
(excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland, and
Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $14 for
adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 for college students, $6 for
ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.
For more information on these paintings from the Albright-Knox
Art Gallery, visit
Image caption: Frida Kahlo, "Self-Portrait with Monkey,” 1938
© 2020 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust,
Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York