“Frida Kahlo”

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has recently acquired a work by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s painting Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) (1928) recently joined the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. According to the museum, this was the first work that the artist ever sold. It is also the first of Kahlo’s works to enter the museum’s collections. The painting represents two Mexicans, Salvadora and Herminia, posing in front of tropical foliage; they were domestic helpers in Frida Kahlo’s childhood home Casa Azul, that today has become the Frida Kahlo Museum. The faces show dignity, almost heroism, echoing the artist’s Communist leanings. According to Graham Gund, director of the MFA: “Frida Kahlo’s work is a 20th century touchstone, and we’re proud to be able to count this remarkable acquisition among the MFA’s masterpieces of art of the Americas. As our community continues to grow and evolve, we’re committed to representing the diverse experiences of artists in our...

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Madonna refuses to lend Frida Kahlo painting to Detroit Institute of Arts

Despite their best efforts, the Detroit Institute of Arts was unable to receive a loan of a Frida Kahlo painting from pop star Madonna that would have contributed to their latest exhibition “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit”. The exhibition focuses on the time that the famous artistic couple spent in Detroit, but one important piece of artwork, Frida Kahlo’s My Birth (1932), which the artist produced whilst in Detroit, is missing. This is because it currently remains in Madonna’s collection, despite the Detroit Institute of Arts having tried for over a year to persuade the singer to lend them the painting for the exhibition. However, Madonna did previously lend the same painting to the Tate for a Frida Kahlo that took place in 2005, which led curators at the Detroit Institute of Arts to believe that they may have had a chance in securing the...

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale

Until 8 February, the Palazzo Ducale in Genova, Italy, is hosting a huge exhibition of the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The exhibition offers an investigation of the relationship between one of the most famous artistic couples of the 20th century. Many say that the work of Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican artist best-known for her self-portraits, is incomplete without that of Diego Rivera alongside it. 120 works will be on display at this exhibition, allowing the public to view the contrasts and links between the works of these two internationally renowned artists. The exhibition is organised by the Genova Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, MondoMostre and Skira, and directed by Helga Prignitz-Poda, in collaboration with Christina Kahlo (Frida Kahlo’s niece) and Juan Coronel Rivera (Diego Rivera’s...

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Italy’s first retrospective of Frida Kahlo at the Scuderie del Quirinale

Rome, 3 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Scuderie del Quirinale is holding Italy’s first retrospective on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It displays around 160 drawings, spanning the artist’s entire career. The exhibition is curated by Helga Prignitz-Poda (author of the catalogue raisonné of Kahlo’s works) and is to run until 31 August 2014. The exhibition, entitled “Frida Kahlo”, takes a look into the artist’s methods and influences throughout her life, forming the first part of an integrated project on the artist taking place in Italy. Over forty portraits and self-portraits are to be on display at the exhibition, including some of her most famous works: Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940) and Self-portrait in a Velvet Dress (1926). Moreover, several photographic portraits of the artist will also be exhibited, notably those by Nickolas Muray, her former lover of ten years. The works have been acquired from several public and private collections across Mexico, Europe, and the United States. The second part of the project is to take place at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, from 20 September 2014 until 15 February 2015. This is to give an insight into Frida Kahlo’s private life, particularly emphasising her relationship with husband, Diego Rivera. Frida Kahlo was born in 1907 in Mexico City and died in 1954. Widely recognised for her self-portraits, she is distinguished for her combination of Mexican indigenous culture and...

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the musée de l’Orangerie

Paris, 10 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The musée de l’Orangerie, in collaboration with the Dolorès Olmedo museum in Mexico, is presenting an exhibition on the couple Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) from 9 October 2013 until 13 January 2014. The exhibition, entitled “L’art en fusion (Art in Fusion)” is to jointly display the works of the two artists, emphasising the links that connect the pair. The work of Kahlo expresses the idea of life in a tragic and turbulent manner, disrupting past conventions. While the artist’s work has not been exhibited in France for fifteen years, the show at the musée de l’Orangerie is offering the artist’s major works, highlighting the importance of Kahlo’s life, which is inseparable from his work. By presenting the works together, the show seems to confirm the impossibility of the couple’s divorce, which was in fact reconsidered after one year of separation. The exhibition offers a view of the artistic universe of the couple, at once different yet complementary to one another, through the themes of life and death, revolution and religion, realism and mysticism, and workers and...

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