TBT: Detroit Institute of Art's courtyard before Diego & Frida

All spring, the Detroit Institute of Arts is celebrating throwbacks themselves with a special exhibit to two artists who left their mark on Detroit.

What prompted Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to arrive in the Motor City in the 1930s? It was already a booming metropolis when these two artists arrived. It was all about the art.

The picture above is a postcard of the project Diego was originally commissioned to create: two walls. That's it. But when he arrived and saw the court at the Detroit Institute of Arts, he wanted to do more. Much, much more. 

He had a vision of frescoes climbing up all four walls to the ceiling. Fortunately for him, Edsel Ford and DIA Director William Valentiner, his two benefactors, agreed with his vision. It was funded in full. 

Read the Detroit Historical Society blog.

What resulted is a true work of art that has stood the test of time for the past 85 years. 

Now, Diego and Frida are being honored and celebrated with 70 works of art that depict the evolution of the artists' careers. Click here for more from the DIA and to buy tickets.

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