Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – two ambassadors of free thought
As Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera met, she was still a student. He was already a recognized and successful muralist. He was also married and 20 years older than Frida. Although Diego was awarded, the two came together and the fright of their parents, they married quickly in 1929. Horrified, the parents called the bride and groom – “The elephant and the Dove”
Their marriage was unimaginable stormy full of volatile tempers and exciting history of infidelity. Both divorced after 10 years of marriage and married each other again in the same year again. Her second marriage was no less turbulent than the first. Both were talented and successful artists could be pleased about international popularity.
With their way of life, Frida and Diego led to incessant rumors and intrigue
The semi-detached is today a tourist attraction in San Angel
The concept is intended to represent the co-existence of two different people
The House and Studio of Frida is painted in blue
Nothing in the relationship of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera could surprise someone. Two of the most important artists in Latin America were a common path. “Beauty and the beast”-two incredibly striking and dynamic figures, that names were often involved in intrigue, have chosen to live their love and to share their lives with each other.
Two lives of two different and prominent personalities, two lifestyles, two worlds, two natural disasters were more taken… This unusual and flashy characters could create also nothing, what one could describe as usually. When they decided to build a common home, they have the young architects and Diego BB´s friend and colleague Juan O ´ Gorman asked to design a House for them.
The preferences of the two celebrities should attend all the building
The House and Studio of Diego Rivera was painted in white colour
The semi-detached was by the architect Juan O Gorman ´ in the style of functionalism in 1932 in San Angel, Mexico City built
O ´ Gorman had just graduated from the free State Academy of Mexico and began a promising career in architecture. His first works were strongly influenced by the architects Le Corbusier (“function determines the shape”) worked in the style of functionalism.
So casas Gemelas – an Zwillingshaus project, which had the task to represent the different worldviews of Frida and Diego originated in 1932. Two buildings that were at the same time two houses and two studios for two free lovers. The White was for Diego, the Blaue-for Frida. The two houses have a connection bridge zwischeneinander-“as the love between two people”
Two flowing life, two strong personalities, two creators, who are United by the bridge of love
The building was heavily influenced by Le Corbusier
The work of O ´ Gorman was awarded as one of the first works of functionalist architecture in Latin America.
Functionalism covers usually the essential needs of the user. During this time, the importance of functionalism in San Angel, where Frida and Diego lived was all the greater. For them, it was an expression of the resistance against the previous period of Spanish colonialism and the related architectural ornaments and outdated structures.
Despite the State of the art architecture you can find tradition and love of home to in the semi-detached of Diego and Frida
The fence is a natural protection that consists entirely of cacti
The architecture seems to have fulfilled all wishes of the two creators
“The elephant and the Dove”-the metaphor finds an expression in the order of architects
Frida and Diego found a way again to each other about their love connection bridge