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Frida Kahlo: Her Photos

4 Jun

When Frida died, her husband Diego Rivera kept her personal belongings locked in trunks and secret. He had ordered them to stay locked for 15 years. Diego passed away four years later, and at his request,the trunks were kept locked by their friend and manager of their houses (turned into Museums) Dolores Olmedo. When Dolores passed in 2004, Frida’s trunks were unlocked. Among dresses, skirts, corsets, shoes, and artwork, there were photographs never seen before.


Now the public can see photos that belonged to Frida’s personal archives. There are over 200 photos of her family, friends, lovers, pets,travels, and hard times painting in her bed and at the hospital.Photos taken for her, of her, and by her. The exhibition Frida Kahlo, Her Photos is at the MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), in Long Beach , California until June 8th.


The exhibition was divided into six different sections:

  • Photos of Frida’s parents, many taken by her father xxx who was an historic photographer; and Frida with friends, pets, and specially her monkey Fulang Chang.
  • La Casa Azul (The Blue House): Photos taken at La Casa Azul, in Coyoacan, Mexico. This is where she was born, spent her childhood,her final years and passed away. Now the Casa Azul is a Museum dedicated to Frida, her art and life.
  • Amores (Her loves): Numerous photos of Frida’s friends and lovers. It is no secret that she had many lovers, men and women. In this section there are also photos of her travels to different countries. There are a few photos of indigenous people. I specially liked one from an anonymous author, called Indigenas Enumerados (Numbered Indigenous People).
  • The Broken Body: This part of the exhibition shows photos of Frida taken by her lover Nicholas Murray. Frida is painting in her bed with a traction device attached to the bed and pulling her chin to straighten her spine. There are also photos of her in the hospital in NY. There are several mutilated pictures, where she cut herself and others from it, making noticeable not who was in the picture, but who is absent.
  • Diego’s Gaze: Photos showing Diego’s view of the world. His relationship with politics can be seen in photos of the dictator Porfirio Dias,the Revolutionary Movement and Diego and Trotsky in Berlin. Technology intrigued him, and it was present in his life as shown in the photos of Diego’s trip to the Ford plant in Detroit. There is also a photo of Diego’s eye captured by Frida.
  • Photography: This last section gathers photos from Frida’s personal collection that where purchased or given to her as gifts by friends and famous photographers, such as Tina Modotti and Edward Weston. Some of these pictures influenced her work, like Martin Muncaksis’ black cat.

At the end of the exhibition there is an exploring station on a computer where the visitor can see Frida’s art work in a slide show. There are also two interactive stations where the visitor can either paint Frida’s cast, or write her a Get Well Soon card and hang them on the wall for visitor to see.

If you are in Los Angeles make sure you stop by the MOLAA, the exhibition is only available until June 8th.












Frida Kahlo’s Dresses

28 Sep

Video by Vogue Mexico

By Manuel Carrillo

MEXICO CITY | Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:33pm EDT

(Reuters) – The colorful dresses of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo will go on display for the first time in November after being kept hidden from public view for 50 years at the request of her husband, acclaimed muralist Diego Rivera.

Curators of the Kahlo’s “Blue House” in Mexico City discovered a trove of 300 dresses, bathing suits, accessories and photographs in 2004 and are now ready to show the public 22 items from the unique wardrobe that turned her into a fashion muse.

The exhibit explores Kahlo’s fascination with Mexico’s indigenous women and her penchant for richly embroidered ethnic frocks, flowery headpieces and ornate silver jewelry that earned her a photo shoot with Vogue magazine in 1937.

It also reveals how she chose clothes to hide her disfigurement after a bout of childhood polio that left one leg thinner than the other and a devastating bus accident that broke her spine in three places and left her in constant pain and scarred from subsequent surgeries.

“We must remember that Frida – like Diego – wanted the colors, the dress, the culture of Mexican women to be public and known,” said Carlos Phillips, head of the museums that exhibit Kahlo and Rivera’s work.

“They were attempting to rescue a people which had been abandoned. Mexican society dressed like Europeans. Those types of clothes weren’t appreciated as much anymore,” he said.

Kahlo and Rivera are two of Mexico’s most celebrated figures, and their on-off stormy marriage was among the most prominent of the 20th century art world.

Kahlo, who died from pneumonia in 1954 at age 47, led a troubled life fraught with illness and tumultuous love affairs. A member of the Mexican Communist Party, she was a fierce supporter of the country’s traditional culture.

“Frida Kahlo without a doubt is a very important icon in the fashion scene,” said Kelly Talamas, editor of Vogue magazine for Mexico and Latin America.

“She had more of a dark side, and also had her side in which she was inspired by the colors and the textures and the people and the culture here in Mexico,” she said. “I think that’s what’s most inspiring to designers, that the pieces that she wore create a story.”

Vogue has commissioned contemporary Frida-inspired pieces from several designers to display alongside the originals.


Kahlo began painting as a teenager while convalescing from the crash in 1925 and her work and the numerous self-portraits for which she is best known reflect the searing pain she lived with until her death.

The museum had respected Rivera’s request to keep Frida’s clothing under lock and key for half a century after she died in 1954. Rivera had wanted to preserve the items and protect them from people who might not take care of them properly.

When they did start examining the items, they were thrilled to find the exact outfit worn in the 1937 Vogue shoot.

Seen by Reuters, it features a European-inspired green, ruffled blouse with high neck and long sleeves, with small buttons down the back, and a voluminous, ivory-colored silk taffeta skirt with a floral print and lace hem. A magenta shawl wrapped around the shoulders completed the look. The blouse now has some stains from Kahlo’s oil paints.

“She didn’t just choose any dress. This particular dress … symbolizes a strong woman,” said Circe Henestrosa, the exhibit’s curator.

“It’s also a dress that projected her political beliefs and her desire to promote her Mexican identity. As far as her disability, it’s a dress that allowed her to hide her physical imperfections,” she said.

(Writing by Bernd Debusmann Junior and Louise Egan; Editing by Simon Gardner)

via Dresses that hid Frida Kahlo’s pain come to light decades on | Reuters.

Frida Kahlo is my favorite artist. Even though she lived in pain most of her life, she was always able to find beauty and happiness around her.

Her parent’s house, where she was born and lived all her life, even after she married her beloved Diego, is now the Frida Kahlo Museum, located in Coyoacan, Mexico City.

These are photos from my visit

Her work always inspires me. So I want to share two of my favorite quotes by her:

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”

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