Frida Kahlo is considered one of the most surreal artists in Latin American culture. Her depictions of the female form along with many haunting self portraits gained her great noteriety which was celebrated in film by Salma Hayek, who played the artist in “Frida” in 2002. The Mexican artist, who died at the age of 47, is once again in the public eye with the presentation of “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” at The New York Botanical Gardens.
The exhibit shows off Frida’ interest in nature and its beauty. This is an area that many were not familiar with but is being highlighted in this exhibition which runs until November 1st of this year.
“We knew from studying her paintings that she was a careful observer of nature and plants, but we learnt when we studied her more that she was also a very passionate plants person.”
explained curator Joanna Groarke.
The exhibit will feature over a dozen original paintings and paper works rarely seen. It will also show a re-imagined garden and studio in Casa Azul, her home in Mexico City which is also a museum currently. This marks the first time in ten years that Kahlo’s work has been shown in New York.
“She is extremely well known here in the United States.”
“We are excited to be able to offer a little bit different view.”
The project which is five years in the making is not the first time the Botanical Gardens has honored a specific talent as British naturalist Charles Darwin, American poet Emily Dickinson and French impressionist artist Claude Monet have been displayed in the past. Kahlo, recognized years after her 1954 demise, is in good company. Those who will get to view this exhibit will get to learn more about her with hands-on activities for kids, Mexican inspired shopping and dinners, and music.
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