Frida Kahlo Exhibition – Making Her Self Up

Frida Kahlo Exhibition

Frida Kahlo Exhibition - Making Her Self Up - Having had a passion for the work of Frida Kahlo and her parrots for many years, this years Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition was a must on our do list.

The exhibition presented an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, the collection had never before been exhibited outside Mexico. Although it largely was a display of her clothing and personal belongings it was a stunningly vibrant insight into her life, loves, passions and sadly short life.

'an extraordinary testimony to suffering and spirit, Frida will forever be in my mind whilst painting parrots.'

Frida Kahlo de Rivera born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; ( 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) she was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artefacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy.

The Tate Modern considers Kahlo "one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century", while according to art historian Elizabeth Bakewell, she is "one of Mexico's most important twentieth-century figures". Kahlo's reputation as an artist developed late in her life and grew even further posthumously, as during her lifetime she was primarily known as the wife of Diego Rivera and as an eccentric personality among the international cultural elite. She gradually gained more recognition in the late 1970s when feminist scholars began to question the exclusion of female and non-Western artists from the art historical canon and the Chicano Movement lifted her as one of their icons.

For the current & future exhibitions at the V&A London

Frida bird of prey - Frida Kahlo - Making Her Self Up Exhibition
Frida Kahlo Exhibition - Making Her Self Up - Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
Frida Kahlo Exhibition - Making Her Self Up
Me and My Parrot, 1941 by Frida Kahlo
Me and My Parrot, 1941 by Frida Kahlo
1941 Frida Kahlo (Mexican artist 1907-1954) With Bonito Parrot and Butterfly
1941 Frida Kahlo With Bonito Parrot and Butterfly
Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Frida bird of prey - Frida Kahlo - Making Her Self Up Exhibition
Frida Kahlo - Making Her Self Up Exhibition