The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, has been putting on back to back blockbuster shows since it reopened in 2008 following its extensive redevelopment lead by noted architect Frank Gehry. This winter they hosted Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde, an exhibition of work by Russian Modernist Marc Chagall, this summer they will be the only Canadian venue to host Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris as it continues on its round the world tour, and a recent announcement of an upcoming exhibition in the fall is likely to keep the visitors pouring in.

Last week the museum announced that Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting will be due to open in October of this year, and it is likely that continuing the trend of showing big name artists will help to ensure that the gallery can draw huge crowds. Those crowds are essential in helping to cover the costs of the sizable renovations that increased viewing space in the gallery by around 47 percent. Predictably, most media coverage of the announcement and of the details surrounding the show focused almost exclusively on Kahlo, with Rivera being mentioned almost as an afterthought. But this is in many ways the opposite of how the artists would have been regarded during their own lifetimes. Even the shows title, placing Kahlo’s name before Rivera’s, wouldn’t have been conceivable during either of their careers, given that Rivera’s fame (and talent) far exceeded that of his wife.

The show marks an ever-increasing trend in exhibiting the work of the two artists side by side, and this exhibition will feature 75 paintings that are drawn primarily from the collection at the Museo Delores Olmedo in Mexico City. According to the AGO’s press release, the works will highlight Rivera and Kahlo’s lives together and apart, their politics and relationship to society and how their passionate views and activism influenced their work. As Elizabeth Smith, the Executive Director of Curatorial Affairs at the AGO said, “The opportunity to bring the works of these iconic painters to Toronto is truly extraordinary.”

The exhibition will be the first time that there has been a major exhibition of Rivera’s work at the AGO, and it will be the first time in over a decade that Kahlo’s work has been on display a the gallery. According to Smith, “The exhibition highlights Kahlo and Rivera’s development as artists and gives visitors a glimpse into their private lives, which were famously as tumultuous as they were inspired.”

The show is part of a collaboration with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and as the Director and CEO of the AGO, Matthew Teirelbaum, said, “Collaborations such as these strengthen the international community of art institutions and allow us to continue bringing the world’s most renowned art to our visitors and members.”

Rivera may have had his moment to shine with the mural retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, but it seems that for major international shows he’s going to be stuck with Kahlo, whether he would have liked it or not.