| October 28th, 2012 - Frida Kahlo Extramuros|
"If people do not go to the museum, we go to them"
Mexican museums Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Frida Kahlo and Dolores Olmedo organize Frida Kahlo Extramuros, a touring exhibition project started on April 2011, that features pictures of the artist and that can be seen throughout the Mexico State.
Hilda Trujillo, Director of the Museo Casa Azul, the Museum Anahuacalli and general coordinator of this exhibition, explains the raison d’etre of this project, interviewed by Artelista.
Frida Kahlo Extramuros is an exhibition that will travel to different malls in Mexico. Which is the main purpose of this touring exhibition?
This exhibition aims to bring museums Anahuacalli Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Dolores Olmedo to the public, to raise awareness and introduce the art world into society. If people do not go to the museum, we go to them.
Alejandro Garcia Aguinaco, director of the company Taller de Museografía TDM, said that this exhibition is an invitation to mall visitors to live a multi-sensory experience. What makes this exhibition different from the others?
We cannot present the original works due to security measures and because Diego Rivera stated in his testament that the paintings cannot leave the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Anahuacalli museumsthey cannot leave the museums even for restoration -, we are unable to lend works. So we used technology to display Frida’s reproductions and make them look visually striking , taking into account the visual and audible power that a mall has, which is overwhelming. We used lets in light boxes to place the work, which made the image visually different and attractive.
Facsimiles, made by Gabriel Figueroa, were used in high quality photographs. We also installed a children’s playroom and an art book section about Diego and Frida’s museums. These initiatives were indeed very successful. The walls were built with recyclable materials to enhance their use and we thought of putting a carpet to create an intimate space in a visual space which is very competitive. We have had 300,000 visits.
read the complete interview
visit Extramuros webiste
| October 28th, 2012 - Frida Kahlo Makes the Cover of Vogue for the First Time|
Nearly 60 years after her death, artist Frida Kahlo will be a Vogue cover girl. Vogue Mexico used photographer Nickolas Muray’s iconic 1939 portrait of Kahlo taken in New York for its November 2012 cover to coincide with the November 22 opening of “Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo” at the artist’s eponymous museum.
Inside the special collector’s edition of the magazine is an entire package devoted to Kahlo that includes a feature on contemporary designers — like Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo — who have designed collections inspired by the artist, a story on the exhibition, as well as an article on the elements of her style.
This isn’t the first time Kahlo has been featured in Vogue; she was also interviewed in American Vogue in 1937.
Go to this page of fridakahlofans for other images of Frida in magazines.
| October 18th, 2012 - "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting" in Toronto|
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present from 20 October 2012 to 20 January 2013, “Frida & Diego : Passion, Politics and Painting”. This important retrospective will confront the work of Frida and Diego Rivera.
The exhibition will offer 75 artworks which will question the couple’s relationship, but also their relations to society, politics and the influence of their commitment in their work. Among the famous artworks, there will be some of Kahlo’s self portraits, including Autorretrato con monos (1943) or The Broken Column, from the collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo. The institution, which owns most of Kahlo’s work, loaned the paintings for the retrospective.
Artworks from Jacques and Natasha Gelman’s personal collection of Mexican art will also be presented during the exhibition. The couple, friends of both artists, owns many artworks, including a portrait of Natasha Gelman by Diego Rivera.
Art Gallery of Ontario web site
| December 26th, 2011 - "Dreams of Mexico" at Cihangir’s Pilot Gallery - Istanbul, Turkey|
A panoramic series of eight computer-generated photographs, Borlakov’s historical fantasy “Dreams of Mexico” presents a sequence of events between the married artist couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist Leon Trotsky, his secretary Sylvia Ageloff, assassin Ramon Mercader and would-be assassin David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Speaking in an interview with Today’s Zaman, he explained that his latest project is focused on the immensity and unpredictability of possibilities that define history. "The series begins with the image of the six characters sitting side by side on a swing and then disperses out into the characters’ separate ‘dreams,’ depicted in the other seven images. My aim behind the exhibition was to reintroduce these very important figures in history to modern audiences and breathe light and new meaning into their stories.
“The base appeal of these particular characters and their intertwined stories is that in these relationships we have everything -- politics, love, revenge, hatred, murder and, of course, art -- in many ways it is perfect theater material. For me there was a lot of scope to embrace all sorts of absurd, yet at the same time plausible, possibilities, which was what really inspired me to pursue the project."
A body of work which Borlakov has been working on for six years, the individuals featured in the series are actors and models bearing semblances of similarity to their characters. "I found my six actors, which did take a while, and then completed the photo shoots and began adapting and working on the images digitally," he explained.
8 December 2011 21 January 2012
Pilot Gallery, S|raselviler Caddesi No.83/2 , Istanbul
read full Today's Zaman article
| November 24th, 2011 - "Frida Kahlo: Her photos" at Museo da Cidade - Lisbon, Portugal|
Casa da America Latina in Lisbon organizes the first international exhibition of 257 photographs revealing moments of this extraordinary figure’s life in Frida Kahlo: Her Photos.
When Kahlo died, husband Rivera asked the poet Carlos Pellicer to turn her home, Casa Azul, into a museum that the people of Mexico could visit to admire the work of the artist. Pellicer went through Kahlo’s belongings and selected key paintings, drawings, photographs, books, and ceramics, to display in the museum. The remaining objects, clothing, documents, drawings, letters…and over 6,000 photographs…were boxed up and put into storage.
This remarkable collection remained hidden for more than half a century. In 2007, the storerooms, wardrobes, and trunks that safeguarded it were opened. The collection of photographs, in particular, is a treasure that reveals the tastes and interests of Kahlo and Rivera, not only through the images themselves but also through the annotations scribbled on the photos.
The exhibition is not intended to be a chronology of Kahlo’s life and work, but rather to show moments reflecting her personal history, intimacy and lifestyle in Mexico at that time. Photos are divided into six sections: parents, William and Matilda; Casa Azul; the “damaged body;” the loves of Frida; her own photographic works; and political struggle. Many important figures from the time make appearances in the photos, including: André Breton, Leon Trotsky, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Ford, Siqueiros and Paulette Goddard.
4 November 2011 29 January 2012
Pavilhão Preto, Campo Grande, nº 245, Lisbon, Portugal
Museu da Cidade Lisboa
| July 1st, 2011 - "Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera" at Pallant House Gallery - Chichester UK|
This major touring exhibition, showing masterpieces from The Gelman Collection, comes to Chichester from Istanbul and Dublin and brings together works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera for the first time ever in the UK.
Collecting was Jacques and Natasha Gelman' s passion, beginning around 1943. Like their friends Frida and Diego they had been unable to bear children so their collection was their surrogate family. Mexico had adopted the Gelmans and given them refuge. It became their aim to support contemporary Mexican artists.
9 July 2 October 2011
Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, UK
Venue web site
go to guardian.co.uk to see the paintings
"Does it make sense to show the two artists together? American artist Judy Chicago recently in the UK to promote her book, Frida Kahlo: Face to Face thinks not. When we meet in London, she is outraged that Kahlo continues to be viewed through the prism of her husband; it means, she says, that her work is forever seen as reactive."
read the complete article by Joanna Moorhead in the Guardian
| April 17th, 2011 - "Frida K." by Valeria Moretti on stage in Rome |
Frida Kahlo returns to live in the solo play “FRIDA K.” by Valeria Moretti, put on stage and starred by Enrica Rosso at the Teatro Arvalia in Rome on April 21st, 2011.
go to my "Frida and Theater" section for more info
| February 11th, 2011 - Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Gelman Collection in Istanbul |
Collectors Jacques and Natasha Gelman spent a significant portion of their lives in Mexico; the works included in the couple's extensive collection, which also encompasses 20th century Mexican art, include the most outstanding Frida Kahlo self-portraits, which reflect the profound traces of her artistic personality, as well as rare examples of Diego Rivera's canvas paintings. This globally acclaimed collection was previously presented to audiences through a limited number of exhibitions outside of Mexico. Apart from the most favored Kahlo works of the Frida Kahlo Retrospective organized in Berlin and Vienna in 2010, the exhibition at Pera Museum also includes Diego Rivera's paintings.
Visitors can also dip in and out of a 40-minute film in which people describe their encounters with Frida.
Pera Museum, Mesrutiyet Caddesi, 34443 Tepebasi, Beyoglu - Istanbul
23rd December 2010 - 20th March 2011
go to the exhibition web site
| January 15th, 2011 - Permanent Frida Exhibition at Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund, Baden Baden, Germany|
The Permanent Exhibition: Frida Kahlo "Viva la Vida" in Baden Baden is made of hand-painted by master artists licensed Replicas © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida. This is the most complete Frida Kahlo oil paintings exhibition of all times, with over 600 sqm (6000 sq feet) exhibition surface and over 116 replicas of her paintings. These unique replicas have been painted exclusively for the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund by master artists, and can be found exclusively in the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund. They are painted in the original size, with the original materials (oil on canvas, oil on wood/metal or glas), and in exactly the same style as Frida Kahlo painted them.
In addition to her work, the museum shows clothes and jewelry. Moreover, they have recreated the garden of the Casa Azul (The blue house: the family house of Frida Kahlo) with its Aztec pyramid and pre-Columbian figures.
During 2010 the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund researched what influence Wilhelm Kahlo had on Frida Kahlo based on the books he used to read.
Starting on January 12 2011, the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund will present the “Wilhelm Kahlo Studio”, a special room dedicated to Wilhelm Kahlo. There the museum visitors will find the “Portrait of My Father”, 1951, oil on masonite, a collection of antique books which represent what Wilhelm Kahlo used to read, and original French antique furniture of around 1890.
Furthermore, to celebrate the first year of the Museum and the Frida Kahlo collection, they will exhibit an important painting of Frida Kahlo, "The Wounded Table". Frida Kahlo painted it in 1940 and it disappeared in 1955 on its way to an exhibition in Moscow. Till today the painting is considered as lost."
go to the museum web site
| November 7th, 2010 - A new novel about Frida by Pino Cacucci|
¡VIVA LA VIDA! (Feltrinelli, 2010) portrays the passionate existence of Frida Kahlo, told by the artist herself from the pinnacle of her life. In these pages we find Mexico, the story of a woman, the reawakening of her imagination: the fiery synthesis of a lifetime.
read a review (in Italian)
| October 23th, 2010 - The Nickolas Muray Portraits
The stunning portraits of Frida Kahlo, many of them by her lover Nickolas Muray, are on view at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas.
Nickolas Muray (18921965) was a Hungarian born artist that worked in New York as a photographer, specializing in portraits of celebrities. His work was often seen in Vanity Fair magazine. Nick’s friendship with the Mexican artist, Miguel Covarrubias, lead to the introduction to Frida Kahlo when Nick visited Mexico. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were introduced by Covarubbias and it was in 1931 when Nickolas and Frida’s love affair started. Later, when Frida had a solo exhibition at the renowned Julian Levy gallery in New York, she continued their affair. Most of the portraits that will be exhibited were taken in Nick’s studio during that New York visit.
The exhibition will feature color and black and white portraits. Highlights include Frida and Diego with Gas Mask, 1938, and the classic Frida Kahlo with Red Rebozo. These stunning images reveal Nick’s propensity for portraiture. Nickolas Muray has portrayed Frida as she was, a dramatic woman and artist.
More portraits of Frida Kahlo are included by other artists from her circle: Bernard Silberstein, Héctor García, Lola Alvarez Bravo, and Lucienne Bloch.
This exhibition celebrates the México Bicentenario, marking the 200 years of México Independence. Many diverse exhibitions are featured throughout the metroplex including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Mexican Consulate.
October 16, 2010 - January 1, 2011
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery 1202 Dragon Street, Ste. 103, Dallas, Texas 75207
click here to view some pictures
| October 10th, 2010 - Frida Kahlo retrospective in Vienna|
The exhibition "Frida Kahlo - Retrospective" contains around 60 paintings, 20 objects and 80 works on paper. These are joined by a representative selection of photographic documents, compiled by Frida’s great-niece Cristina Kahlo. Among them are iconic photos taken of her by Nickolas Muray: enthralling examples of the self-scenario she projected and which contributed decisively to the construction of her myth.
Most of Kahlo’s artistic legacy is in Mexico and the USA. In view of the marginal number of paintings Kahlo produced (the catalogue raisonné lists no more than 143), the lack of Kahlo’s oeuvre in European collections, and the sparsity of exhibition projects in Europe, we may regard this show as a sensation for Vienna.
The exhibition is being held in cooperation with the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition curators in Vienna are Ingried Brugger, Florian Steininger and Helga Prignitz-Poda.
from 1st September to 10th December 2010
Bank Austria Kunstforum (Verein), Freyung 8, 1010 Wien
go to the exhibition web site
| April 10th, 2010 - Frida Kahlo painting unseen for 72 years to be sold at auction|
Survivor, 1938 by Frida Kahlo. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010.
Christie’s will offer, Survivor, 1938 by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) (estimate: $100,000-150,000) as one of the outstanding highlights of the Latin American Evening Sale, taking place on 26 May 2010. This will mark the first time that this rare and extraordinary work has come to market since it was initially exhibited in 1938 at the Julien Levy Gallery, in Kahlo’s very first solo exhibition.
Survivor was purchased from this groundbreaking show by the esteemed Walter Pach, who later gifted it to the present owner. As an artist, critic, lecturer, art adviser, and art historian, Pach’s ability to recognize unmatched quality and innovative thinking was admired in artistic communities around the world. Pach was responsible for bringing the Armory show to New York in 1913, and was the first to have written about Cézanne in the United States in 1908, and the first to lecture on Van Gogh. Therefore, it was only natural when The New Yorker reported that Pach was the first to purchase a work from Kahlo’s exhibit; the work was Survivor.
This striking, palm-sized painting features a Mexican idol, standing on a field and ridden with alienation and disparity. Kahlo described the lonely subject as symbolic of Mexico’s insecurity in what had become an increasingly volatile world. However, Survivor also encompasses a tremendous amount of personal significance for Kahlo, who had lead a very harrowing life in the years preceding the execution of this work, including the first separation from husband Diego Rivera, the discovery of his affair with her sister, a pending divorce, the ensuing suicidal verdict, and then the pair’s eventual reunion. According to leading Kahlo scholar, Salomon Grimberg, “The circumstances that generated the Survivor image clarify Kahlo’s earlier description of the painting as mirroring her personal situation, her loneliness and survival in her own shaky world. The gateway of a ruinous dwelling stands abandoned on the horizon line of an empty plain; it reflects Kahlo’s alienation. Long ago, this was the entrance to someplace; now, it is the threshold to nowhere. Kahlo’s resilience is represented by a pre-Columbian vessel in the shape of a standing warrior from a burial site in Colima, the western region of Mexico.”
Kahlo’s feelings of desperation and isolation are apparent in this work, but in fact, this Survivor is an ex-voto, done to express her gratitude for the miracle that had been granted that had allowed her to survive the volatility of her personal existence. In fact, Kahlo chose to frame the work with an ornate tin frame made in Oaxaca resembling those traditionally used for votive paintings.
Taken by artdaily.org
| March 27th, 2010 - Luna Negra Dance Theater Pays Homage to Frida|
"Paloma Querida" dance piece debuts today at the Harris Theater in Chicago. "I fell in love with the idea after doing research about Frida and watching movies about her," Luna's artistic director Michelle Manzanales told about the project,"I thought, 'I have to do this. It's going to be amazing". Manzanales uses multiple Fridas in the piece in order to portray the different layers and aspects of the artist's life. The final dance piece centers on four of Frida’s self-portraits: “Self Portrait with Cropped Hair,” “Self Portrait Broken Column,” “Self Portrait in a Red Velvet Dress” and “My Dress Hangs There.” The piece incorporates music from the “Frida” movie soundtrack, particularly “Paloma Negra” sung by Chavela Vargas as well as “Razones” sung by Spanish artist Bebe and includes contemporary dance as well as traditional Mexican folkloric dancing.
This one-night performance, which also includes Quinceañera choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro and Plight choreographed by Edgar Zendejas, is part of the bicentennial celebration of Mexico’s Independence, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago.
Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 East Randolph Dr., Chicago USA
Read an interesting interview to Michelle Manzanales by Cafe magazine
go to Luna Negra web site
| March 21st, 2010 - "Frida Kahlo - Retrospective" at Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin|
The over 120 paintings and drawings on display in the Martin-Gropius-Bau will be the most extensive exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s oeuvre to date. It will contain works never before seen and assumed to be lost. A particular highlight will be the last work of Frida Kahlo, here to be seen for the first time. There will also be approximately 70 drawings, some of them hitherto unpublished, which reveal unknown aspects of the artist’s personality. These will include landscapes that metamorphose into sexual fantasies and subtly humorous plays on words and images. The codes needed to decipher these conceits will be clearly explained.
Frida Kahlo’s artistic development from the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit), through Mexican Estridentism to Surrealism and her very own blend of Realism will be comprehensively presented. Her art will be supplemented by a collection of photographs belonging to her family and friends which offer unusual insights into her time. Responsibility for this part of the exhibition will rest with Frida Kahlo’s great niece, the photographer Cristina Kahlo.
The loans come from Mexican private collections, North American museums and prominent collections in the USA.
Martin Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, Berlin, Bundesland Berlin 10963
30th April - 9th August 2010
go to the exhibition web site
| February 14th, 2010 - "Frida Kahlo y su mundo" at BOZAR in Bruxelles|
The Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels will be displaying a prestigious selection of Kahlo's works, the entire collection of the Olmedo museum, the world’s largest (private) collection of her work. 19 paintings, an etching, six drawings, and a number of photographs bear witness to her brilliant contribution to the symbolist and surrealist movements.
Bozar Centre for fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23, Bruxelles, Belgium
16th January - 18th April 2010
go to the exhibition web site
watch the interesting interview with Carlos Phillips, Director of the Olmedo museum