Pedro and Diana Friedeberg at Casa Diana

By Lolita

Galería Casa Diana is proud to present a large variety of recent original paintings and sculptures from world-renowned surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg and his daughter, Diana Friedeberg. Pedro Friedeberg was born in Italy but migrated to México with his mother at a very early age, escaping the war. As an architecture student in the Universidad Iberoamericana, his work caught the attention of artist Mathias Goeritz, who encouraged him to pursue a career in art. Friedeberg became part of a group of irreverent surrealists called Los Hartos, which included Leonora Carrington and Alice Rahon.

Opening Cocktail
Works by Pedro and Diana Friedeberg
Sat, Feb 21, 6-9pm
Galería Casa Diana
Recreo 48
152 0885

Since his debut as an artist in Galería Diana in México City in 1959, he has had tremendous success. His almost hallucinogenic repetition of architectural motifs and other aesthetic elements from a wide array of cultural backgrounds placed in impossible architectural settings has become Friedeberg’s hallmark style, immediately identifiable. Though he is most famous for his iconic hand chair, his fantastic furniture, sculptures, and paintings adorn permanent exhibitions in museums around the world, such as the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum in México City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

His impressive curriculum is extremely lengthy and includes solo and group exhibitions in places such as el Museo de Historia Mexicana en Monterrey, N.L 2002; Studio DVO Brussels, Belgium 2003; Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, México DF 2009; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 2011; and the Museo Franz Mayer, México City 2012. Friedeberg has also been the recipient of prestigious awards such as Legionario de Número, Legión de Honor Nacional 2012, and the Medalla de las Bellas Artes, INBA 2012. Even though the artist is extremely busy, he has made time over the years to support several fundraisers and other pro-social endeavors, such as the “Arte Vivo” Subasta 2008; Artistas Unidos contra el SIDA, “Arte Sana” Subasta 2012; Patronato del Museo Nacional de Antropología; and the recent “Manos por México” 2014 at the Franz Mayer Museum.

Diana Friedeberg grew up in San Miguel, where she was exposed to art from a very early age. Undoubtedly she has been strongly influenced by both her artist parents though the impact of other surrealists, such as Magritte and Man Ray, is also apparent in her work. Diana recently completed a master’s degree in neurobiology from Duke University and moved back to México with the intention of gearing her career towards conservation biology. Art and biology are both equally important to her and have always run parallel paths in her life. It is now that she attempts for the first time to unite them in this collection of collages and resin sculptures under the theme of wildlife conservation. Unlike Dadaistic views, Diana believes art can be a powerful tool for educational purposes as well as for raising awareness on current conservation issues. From dwindling populations of monarch butterflies to jaguars in peril, Diana hopes her work will help interest the public in current ecological problems.


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