Centenary show for Mexican painter Kahlo breaks attendance records
At least 363,000 people visited the exhibition, which ran from June 13 till Aug. 12, attracting 4,000 to 6,000 viewers on weekdays, 6,000 to 8,000 on Saturdays and more than 20,000 on Sundays.
Organized by the National Fine Arts Institute and the Dolores Olmedo Patino Museum Foundation, the art show was held to commemorate the centenary of Kahlo's birth.
The most complete show of Kahlo's artwork to date, it broke the attendance record of more than 323,000 set by the three-month long exhibition of Goya paintings at Mexico's National Art Museum, Velasquez said.
The exhibition covers eight halls of the Fine Arts Palace, including drawings, portraits, still life, self portraits and personal possessions that reflect Kahlo's personality.
Every Tuesday Kahlo specialists gave master classes beginning with U. S. author Hayden Herrera, who wrote Kahlo's most detailed biography. Also present were Mexican politician Marco Buenrostro, writers Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Monsivais, as well as art critics Raquel Tibol and Teresa del Conde. Forty specialists contributed to the catalogue text.
"More than 50 people worked to put together this, the largest Frida Kahlo exhibition, including biographers, historians, curators, researchers and museum experts," said the curator.
Starting on Aug. 20, some of Kahlo's oil paintings will go on show at the Marco Museum in Monterrey in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, alongside photographs and letters form the Olmedo and Juan Gelman collections.
The exhibition will continue through September and then move to U.S. museums Philiadelphia's Museum of Art, San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art and Minneapolis's Walker Art Center.