BBC Mundo dedicated a very interesting special section to Frida, including a video of the Frida Kahlo Museum. Go to BBC Mundo site
"Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters", on view at The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Celebrating Kahlo’s 100th birthday, the exhibition includes the museum’s prized possession, Kahlo’s Self-portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, 23 photographs of Kahlo by various artists, 10 of Kahlo’s unpublished personal letters to family and friends from The Nelleke Nix and Marianne Huber Collection: The Frida Kahlo Papers and 12 never-before-seen photographs of Kahlo’s private bathroom at the Casa Azul. Among the photographs will be a new collection of images by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide of Kahlo’s private bathroom at the Casa Azul and its contents, which were sealed until fifty years after her death. 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.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Mexican Cultural Institute.
1250 New York Avenue, N.W. - Washington, DC
July 6, 2007 - October 14, 2007
Read an interesting article from DCist website
Theater play in Sinnai - Cagliari - Italy
A small Sardinian theater company, L'Effimero Meraviglioso, played on July 16th 2007 "Diversamente, straordinariamente abile. Frida" (Differently, extraordinarily able. Frida), a play with two main characters, Frida and her friend/nurse/nunny who shared her pain and the vicissitudes of her extraordinary life. Written by Nino Nonnis, directed by Maria Assunta Calvisi, Miana Merisi as Frida and Renata Marca as her nurse.
For contacts go to this site
Read some info and a review in Italian about the play
BIG COMMEMORATION IN MEXICO CITY
Read the info about Mexico City's events in my Updated News page
A big exposition of Frida's paintings at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
The Walker Art Center recently announced that it's teaming up with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to present "Frida Kahlo," a collection of Frida's paintings, to mark the centennial of her birth. The exhibit — curated by art historian Hayden Herrera and the Walker's Elizabeth Carpenter — will make its debut at the Walker on Oct. 27, running through Jan. 20, 2008, before moving on to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
October 27 January 20, 2008
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Museum web site
"Cada quien su Frida" by Ofelia Medina
The famous actress Ofelia Medina played the role of Frida Kahlo in Paul Leduc's major film, “Frida, Naturaleza Viva”. Now, after more than 20 years, Ofelia Medina shows her audience in this play the enclosing introspection and imagination she has been through around Frida's character.
Played in the "House of the Indio Fernández" in Mexico City up to the 15th April 2007
Further info about this play in my page dedicated to "Cada quien su Frida"
Go to the play web site in Spanish
"Frida - mi vida" by Renate Reichert
100 variations on Frida Kahlo's painting "The Two Fridas" by the German artist Renate Reichert will be exhibited in Berlin in 2007,as a gift for Frida's centenary.From May 24th to July 8th at the Haus am Kleistpark.
Further info about the work in my Renate Reichert page
"Frida" by Race and Rhythm
Race and Rhythm is a Performing Arts Company based in London. Their last piece, Frida, is a 20 mins piece that represents a collage of the life and work of the Mexican artist. The piece was showed at The Place Theatre having excellent audience feedback and reviews. As a celebration on Frida's Centenary the piece is going to be extended to a 70mins. The piece includes both original and traditional music, live singing, colorful costumes, and 10 international performers in a Contemporary work inspired by Frida Kahlo live and work and Flamenco, Classical Spanish, Argentinean Tango, Mexican Folk and Hip Hop dance movement vocabulary combined with projections and a simple but effective scenography.
Both the 20mins piece or the 70 mins show will be available for touring from April to December 2007.
Info at Race and Rhythm web site
If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact the Director Miriam Faura on 07782318309 or by e mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
"Frida K." by Gloria Montero
Critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning solo show starring Allegra Fulton. First presented in Toronto, Canada, and after an international tour remounted at the National Arts Centre of Canada Jan 9- Jan 29th 2007 and continues to play in major theatres in both Canada and the US, as well as productions in theatres internationally.
Further info about the play in my Allegra Fulton page
"FRIDA, un retablo" by Dañel Malán
written by Dañel Malán and directed by Olga Sanchez will stay from 12th to 20th January at El Centro Milagro and will tour through November 2007. In this exciting new reworking of "FRIDA, un retablo", two Frida’s will take the stage in the portrayal, Dañel Malán as the older Frida and Maya Malán-Gonzalez as the younger. Omar Vargas returns in his role of Diego Rivera. Matthew Preston will play several roles, which includes Leon Trotsky, André Breton and Julian Levy. Direction and dramaturgy is by Olga Sanchez, musical composition by Art Viloria and Milagro’s signature mural was designed and painted by Tomas Rivero.
525 S.E. Stark St., Portland
check Teatro Milagro site for further info and tour dates
"Frida" by Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Celebration of Mexico, a multimedia musical fiesta, will close the Dallas classical concert season on April 28. Robert Xavier Rodriguez conducts a concert suite from his acclaimed chamber opera, Frida, based on the tempestuous life of painter Frida Kahlo. The concert will also include Copland's popular El Salon Mexico and music by Revueltas and others. Guest soprano Alba Quezada will join pianist Jeff Lankov and the Musica Nova ensemble.
The University Theatre of Dallas University, Saturday, April 28, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Further info about this play in my "Frida and theater" page
"Casa Blue: The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo"
by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Earle
This world premiere of a new play about the last days of Frida, co-written by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Earle, is listed in the American Stage's 2006-07 season.
The World Premiere! CASA BLUE: THE LAST MOMENTS IN THE LIFE OF FRIDA KAHLO Marking the Centennial of the birth of Frida Kahlo
Created by Todd Olson, Jeremy Childs, Karen Garcia, and Grammy-winner Steve Earle.
Previews July 18 and 19, Opening July 20, running Tuesdays thru Sundays until August 12.
The story will be framed as a succession of deathbed flashbacks for the famed Mexican painter.
American Stage, 211 3rd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33701, (727) 823-7529
Further info at the American Stage site
Mexican rock opera to tell the story of Frida Kahlo's life
Mexico City. A rock opera telling the story of artist Frida Kahlo's life will be staged next year to mark the centennial of her birth, Mexican musician Marcos Lifshitz told the press.
The composer said he had already written several parts of the work but was looking for new funding to complete the project in time for it to be staged in 2007, when the Mexican artist would have turned 100.
Lifshitz said the libretto for the opera, which will combine classical and rock music, covers the different periods in Kahlo's life from childhood until her death in 1954.
"The challenge in writing the opera is to determine what part of her life to emphasize. I plan to combine the history with music, allowing me to give more drama to the work," Lifshitz said.
The composer and arranger said he would look for funding from the companies that businesswoman Cristina Dorsett has joined forces with to sell the "Frida" doll abroad.
Lifshitz said he would speak with Kahlo's family to gain further insights into the artist's life as he completed the libretto for the rock opera.
Taken from "Dominican Today" site
TAOS ART SCHOOL tour "Frida Kahlo Odyssey"
This pilgrimage (July 22 - 29, 2007) is designed for Frida Kahlo fans who feel a connection to this fiercely passionate woman, and who are seeking an informal way to immerse themselves for a week in her Life, Culture, Country & Art. Your experience will start in a town north of Mexico City, Guanajuato, and continue in MEXICO CITY, to walk in her footsteps and immerse yourselves in many of the cultural influences she expressed in her art. TAOS ART SCHOOL has arranged a Frida Pilgrimage with unparalleled access to both her places of inspiration as well as every one of her paintings available for viewing in the City & surrounding areas. Your guide, Larry Torres, is an artist, multi-cultural expert, and professor who speaks five languages.
Visit TAOS ART SCHOOL site for further info on the tour
the 50th anniversary of Frida's death
Throughout the year, numerous art-related events are being held all over Mexico in commemoration of the anniversary of her death. Activities include restorations to her childhood home, exhibitions, books, art workshops, as well as film and theatre productions in the works.
Recently restored, Frida Kahlo's childhood home, the Casa Azul, also known at the "Blue House", offers visitors a glimpse into the life of the famed painter. The house has been a living museum, and its renovation forms part of the festivities in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Kahlo's death and a must-see for art aficionados.
Internally, the house was restored to as close to its original color as possible, and repairs to the exterior have also been made. Included in the new museum are Frida's ashes kept in a mud urn, as well as the original casts used to alleviate her spinal cord pains.
On May 6, 2004, the Frida Kahlo Museum (Blue House) will be inaugurating the largest exposition of the artist to date, bringing together 46 oil paintings (1907-1954), 26 of which are from the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City.
The Mexican capital will also take part in the homage to the prolific artist with an amazing exhibit at the Palacio Bellas Artes, entitled simply "Frida Kahlo", to begin on July 28. It will highlight not only her picturesque universe, but also her transgression through her personal life. For more information, call 011-5255-5512-1410.
Museums dedicated to Diego Rivera will also be displaying Kahlo's work and artistic accomplishments. From September 2 to November 28, the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera will feature "Frida maestra: un encuentro con los fridos", as well as an acknowledgement of the complex relationship between Diego and Frida, entitled, "Diego y Frida un universo compatido", on display from December 8, 2004, to March 27, 2005. In addition, the Museo Mural Diego Rivera will exhibit "El arte popular en la iconografia de Frida Kahlo", from June 24 to September 24, 2004. For more information, call 011-5255-5550-1518 and 011-5255-5512-0754, respectively.
The Dolores Olmedo Museum will not only lend a part of its Frida collection to the Blue House, but will also host its own exhibition from July 10 to September 14, 2004. For more information, call 011-5255-5555-5495.
In addition, Mexico City's airport gallery will be displaying images of the couple, entitled "Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, portraits". Also, an exhibition of "Diego y Frida: Una sonrisa a mitad del camino", will tour the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Coahuila.
In addition to painting, Kahlo dedicated a great amount of time to poetry and writing. A second edition of the previously released book Escrituras will showcase more than 150 unedited texts of Frida, in large part letters from the last two decades of her life.
|an article from CNN International
|"an article in Spanish about the special exhibition at Casa Azul up to 2004/09/14
by Elisa Turner (The Miami Herald)
Visit the new site Frida Kahlo US to find a lot of items inspired by Frida
The owner of the site, Diane Borrero, designs and sews most of the fashions that go from tote-bags to blouses. Items not created in-house are purchased directly from the designers and artists whenever possible.
Visit another interesting online store
This site is Fausto's Art Gallery. They are located in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, on Calle Juarez, downtown. They make a lot of the artwork themselves, including Mexican Day of the Dead art, and traditional religious art - like retablos and santos such as the Virgin of Guadalupe - in the Mexican style. Besides milagros, saint medals, crosses, and rosaries -they sell a lot of things that feature Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and also themes from the Mexican Revolution - such as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.
|These links will lead you through a series of articles published in the Web in 2002, the year of Frida, mainly thanks to the film directed by Julie Taymor and produced by Salma Hayek. The articles are written by several correspondent of American journals who narrate their journey to Mexico and underline in different ways how Frida's presence is alive throughout Mexico City. They describe their feeling visiting sites related to Frida Kahlo's life (Casa Azul, Museums, etc...) and also how the popularity of Frida is visible in the streets (shops, restaurants, etc...).|
|"Destination: Mexico/Latin America
Portraits of Frida. Enigmatic artist's colorful presence alive throughout Mexico City"
by Jan McGirk (San Francisco Chronicle)
|"Pilgrimage brings understanding of Kahlo's art"
by Russell McCulley (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
|"Frida Kahlo returns to the public eye"
by Jayne Clark (The Tucson Ctizen)
Links to articles talking about Frida as a contemporary icon
|"The return of the Kahlo cult"
by Joy Press (The Village Voice)
|"The Trouble With Frida Kahlo. Uncomfortable truths about this season's hottest female artist."
by Stephanie Mencimer (The Washington Monthly)
|A shop window in Coyoacán pairs posters of |
two of Mexico's most famous and revered women:
Frida Kahlo and the Virgin of Guadalupe.
(photo by Russell McCulley)
Links to articles talking about Fridamania
|"Kahlo's star rises: Fridamania erupts again on both sides of the border."
by Ron Butler (The Real Mexico)
|"The cult of Frida"
by Kristi Turnquist (The Oregonian)