Mexican month kicks off colorfully

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The Addis Ababa Museum compound was spiced up with a Mexican fiesta on the evening of Monday September 1 at the kickoff party for the Mexican month festival.
The much anticipated photograph exhibition of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo was a hit among the many that came to the show. The exhibition featured 35 photographs about the passions shared by both Mexican iconic artists through the reading of the most important episodes lived by both of them during their 25-year relationship.
According to the artists’ biographies, Frida Kahlo met Diego Rivera when she was a student hoping to get advice on her career from the famous Mexican muralist.
Frida, her full Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderon was born in Coyoacan, a traditional neighborhood of Mexico City, on 6th July, 1907. The talented artist’s life has seen its faire share of up and downs through several incidences.
On September 17th 1920, she overcame a car accident, when a light train she was on hit a truck. This particular moment changed her life in a significant way. As a consequence of the accident, she suffers injuries to the waist, abdomen and womb that will contribute to her not being able to have children. She painted her first self-portrait in 1926.  Frida passed away on July 13th 1954 at her house in Coyoacan due to lung problems.
Since he was a child, Diego Rivera showed his drawing ability which led him to attended night lessons at the National School of Fine Arts, currently the San Carlos Academy.
Diego’s magnificent work is  found in several areas including the Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo Chapel, Chapingo Mexico, the National Palace, North Wall Mexico City, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and last but not least at the Detroit Institute of Arts in  the US city of Detroit.
Diego and Frida got married on 21st of August 1929. Their marriage is one of the most famous ones in the art world. They had a passionate and stormy relationship, filled with great love but also betrayals. The couple divorced in 1939 only to remarry a year later, though the second marriage was just as unstable as the first.