Mexico opens big exhibit of Frida Kahlo’s works

This video is works of Frida Kahlo and the song La Llorona.

AFP reports:

Mexico opens unprecedented exhibit of Frida Kahlo‘s art work

June 13, 2007 – 8:28AM

The multi-faceted work of painter Frida Kahlo will be on display in Mexico starting Wednesday in the largest-ever exhibit of her paintings, including unpublished documents shedding light on her militant politics and family life.

The exhibit will cover eight large rooms in the Museum of the Fine Arts Palace with 354 pieces, some displayed for the first time in Mexico.

Marking the 100th birthday of the artist, the exhibit is the product of a joint effort of 69 institutions and collectors with her paintings and letters showing her artistic trajectory and episodes in her often difficult life, including the torment of 33 operations, her marriage to muralist Diego Rivera, her time in the United States and her political activism.

See also here.

And here.

Political conflict in Mexico today and Frida Kahlo: here.

Frida Kahlo scholars say discovery of ‘astonishing lost archive’ is a fake: here.

Revolution in Paper: Print Making in Mexico 1910-1960: here. And here.

7 thoughts on “Mexico opens big exhibit of Frida Kahlo’s works

  1. Frida Kahlo Works Presented At Museum Of Women In The Arts
    Submitted by ruzik_tuzik on Wed, 2007-08-01 07:51.

    Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) has fascinated the public for generations. The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Mexican Cultural Institute. The exhibition runs through Oct. 14, to coincide with Frida Kahlo’s 100th birthday.

    Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters features well-known photographs of the artist and private archival material to compare the public image of Frida against her private life and to explore how her image and biography informed her work.

    The exhibition includes the museum’s prized possession, Kahlo’s Self-portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, 25 photographs of Kahlo by various artists, 10 of Kahlo’s unpublished personal letters to family and friends and 12 never-before-seen photographs of Kahlo’s private bathroom at the Casa Azul.

    “The combination of these materials will provide a stimulating context for exploring the relationship between Frida’s colorful, mexicanista image and the difficult realities of her personal life,” said Jason Stieber NMWA archivist and co-curator of the exhibition.

    From 1926 until her death, Kahlo created striking, often shocking paintings that reflected her turbulent life. Afflicted with polio at fifteen, she was gravely hurt in a bus accident three years later. She spent more than a year in bed recovering from multiple fractures of her back, collarbone and ribs, as well as a shattered pelvis and shoulder and foot injuries. Despite more than thirty subsequent operations, Kahlo spent the rest of her life in constant pain. At the age of 21 Kahlo met and fell in love with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Their stormy, unorthodox relationship coupled with their radical political activism also influenced her work.

    In her lifetime, Kahlo fashioned a public image of herself, through her self-portraits and commercial photographs. Representing Kahlo’s public image are several iconic photographs of her by some of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Fritz Henle, and Nickolas Muray. The images portray Kahlo as a fashion plate, an animal lover, a passionate painter, and a proud member of the Mexican community.

    To contrast Kahlo’s private side, visitors can view never-before-seen images of Kahlo’s private restroom at the Casa Azul which were sealed until fifty years after her death. Taken by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, these recently uncovered items document Kahlo’s corsets, medical supplies and apparatuses, and reveal the grim realities which often circumscribed her life. A living legend of Mexican photography in her own right, Iturbide’s work at the Casa Azul was documented by Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Echevarría. The 10 min. video is on view in the same gallery as the photos.

    In addition, visitors can read personal letters in Kahlo’s own hand from The Nelleke Nix and Marianne Huber Collection: The Frida Kahlo Papers. Donated to the museum at the beginning of the year, these unpublished letters provide insight into Kahlo’s relationship with her mother, the artist’s political views, her medical problems, and her impressions of the United States during some of the most formative years of her remarkable artistic development.

    To enrich visitors understanding of Frida Kahlo, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is offering multiple screenings per week of Amy Stechler’s documentary, The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, as well as educational programs focusing on Mexican art, film, music and culture.

    Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters is part of “Mexico at the Smithsonian,” a program series organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute and other organizations to highlight different aspects of Mexican and Mexican American culture and heritage, through more than 20 programs—exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and lectures—running October 14, 2007. —


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