Surrounding Kahlo: Works from the Permanent Collection
Undoubtedly, the visage of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) has become the most instantly recognizable of all artists across time. Far surpassing the personas of Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and her partner, Diego Rivera, Kahlo’s likeness, both in painted self-portraits and in photographs captured of her in life and death, has prompted manufacturers to fabricate countless products from makeup to sneakers. Since her popularization in the 1980s, she has also been the subject of books, movies, an opera and visual art created by others who have gathered deeper meaning from her, beyond the unibrow. Drawn entirely from the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Permanent Collection, this exhibit explores works inspired by Frida Kahlo; the work of her students, known as “Los Fridos” who learned from and literally surrounded her while she convalesced at home in La Casa Azul; as well as familiar items that Kahlo herself chose to surround herself with such as arte popular, archeological artifacts and traditional clothing from her beloved Mexico.