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Exhibition Image Gallery: Frida Kahlo

Exhibition Image Gallery: Frida Kahlo



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Self-Portrait, 1930

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Self-Portrait, 1930. Oil on canvas. 26 x 22 in. (66 x 55.9 cm). Private Collection. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

Traveling October 27, 2007-September 16, 2008 to Three Venues

This major exhibition contains more than 40 iconic Frida Kahlo paintings borrowed from over 30 private and museum collections around the globe, some of which have never before been publicly displayed. The works are complemented by over 100 photographs of herself, family and friends from Kahlo's personal collection. On the whole, it's a fitting tribute to the artist who bared her soul, poured her visual heart out and allowed us all to feel that we know her.
Frida Kahlo

was organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (where it was on view October 27, 2007-January 20, 2008) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (June 14-September 16, 2008). We caught up with it during its visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (February 20-May 18, 2008), and here share images of some of Frida Kahlo's best-known works.

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.

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Frida and Diego Rivera, 1931

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954)… Oil on canvas. 39 3/8 x 31 in. (100 x 78.7 cm). Albert M. Bender Collection, Gift of Albert M. Bender. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. ©2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.

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Henry Ford Hospital, 1932

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Henry Ford Hospital, 1932. Oil on metal. 12 13/16 x 15 13/16 in. (32.5 x 40.2 cm). Collection Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

Also known as The Flying Bed, this is arguably the most painful self portrait that Frida Kahlo ever painted. Not only had she just suffered her second miscarriage, she was also beginning to realize that she could never carry a pregnancy to term. Additionally, these physical and emotional agonies had to be faced in a foreign city that she detested, and in which she felt completely estranged.
Frida and husband Diego Rivera were in Detroit, Michigan during 1932-33. Diego was creating his now-famous Detroit Industry frescoes at the Detroit Institute of Arts, having been commissioned to do the series by Edsel Ford who was President of the Detroit Arts Commission at the time (in addition to his day job of Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company). Henry Ford Hospital, financed by and named for Edsel's father, is but a few city blocks north and west of the DIA.
Frida surely did not consciously mean to insult the Ford family by including their factories in the background of this tragedy of a painting. It's just that the buildings' smokestacks, water towers and elevated conveyors for raw iron ore did dominate the skyline in the early 30s and were, quite frankly, not especially nice to look at.
The rest of the composition closely resembles a Mexican retablo, or votive painting, in its arrangement, inscription and media (retablos are typically done in oils on a tin support). Frida is the central point, suffering with a single tear much as Jesus Christ or a martyred saint would have--though the evident blood can only have come from a woman's reproductive organs.
The six surrounding images, connected to her lower abdomen by umbilical cord-looking red lines are specific to her miscarriage: the fetus is Dieguito ("Little Diego") who will not exist; the snail (at upper right) represents the slow horror of losing a baby; the machine (at lower left) symbolizes medical impersonality; the orchid (bottom center) is real, a gift from Diego. The two remaining images of a pelvis and side view of female anatomy point towards her broken body. Here, it is important to remember that Frida had studied medicine prior to the bus accident that smashed her back and pelvis, and damaged her uterus. These were not "artistic" representations. She was aware of that which had happened to her body, and why motherhood was such an incredible long shot because of it.

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Self-Portrait with Necklace, 1933

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Self-Portrait with Necklace, 1933. Oil on metal. 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (34.3 x 29.2 cm). The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Courtesy The Vergel Foundation. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México, Trustee of the Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree), 1936

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree), 1936. Oil and tempera on metal. 12 1/8 x 13 5/8 in. (30.8 x 34.6 cm). Gift of Allan Roos, M.D., and B. Mathieu Roos. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY

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My Nurse and I, 1937

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). My Nurse and I, 1937. Oil on metal. 12 x 13 3/4 in. (30.5 x 34.9 cm). Collection Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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Self-Portrait with Bed (Me and My Doll), 1937

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Self-Portrait with Bed (Me and My Doll), 1937. Oil on metal. 15 3/4 x 12 9/16 in. (40 x 32 cm). The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México, Trustee of the Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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The Frame, ca. 1937-38

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). The Frame, ca. 1937-38. Oil on metal with glass. 11 1/4 x 8 1/8 in. (28.6 x 20.6 cm). Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.

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Still Life: Pitahayas, 1938

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Still Life: Pitahayas, 1938. Oil on aluminum. 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm). Bequest of Rudolph and Louise Langer. Collection of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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Itzcuintli Dog with Me, ca. 1938

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Itzcuintli Dog with Me, ca. 1938. Oil on canvas. 28 x 20 1/2 in. (71.1 x 52.1 cm). Private collection. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.

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The Suicide of Dorothy Hale, 1939

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). The Suicide of Dorothy Hale, 1939. Oil on Masonite. 23 13/16 x 19 1/8 in. (60.4 x 48.6 cm). Gift of an anonymous donor. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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The Two Fridas, 1939

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). The Two Fridas, 1939. Oil on canvas. 68 5/16 x 68 1/8 in. (173.5 x 173 cm). Collection Museo de Arte Moderno, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes-Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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Me and My Parrots, 1941

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Me and My Parrots, 1941. Oil on canvas. 32 x 24 1/2 in. (81.3 x 62.2 cm). Private Collection. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.

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Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940. Oil on canvas. 24 1/2 x 19 in. (62.2 x 48.3 cm). Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.

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Portrait of Doña Rosita Morillo, 1944

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Portrait of Doña Rosita Morillo, 1944. Oil on Masonite. 30 1/16 x 24 in. (76.4 x 61 cm). Collection Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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The Broken Column, 1944

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). The Broken Column, 1944. Oil on canvas. 15 11/16 x 12 in. (40 x 30.5 cm). Collection Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.

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Moses, 1945

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Moses, 1945. Oil on Masonite. 37 x 20 in. (94 x 50.8 cm). Private Collection, Texas. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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Without Hope, 1945

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Without Hope, 1945. Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite. 11 x 14 1/4 in. (27.9 x 36.2 cm). Collection Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me and Señor Xólotl

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me and Señor Xólotl 1949. Oil on canvas. 27 1/2 x 23 7/8 in. (69.9 x 60.6 cm). The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.

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Still Life with Parrot and Fruit, 1951

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Still Life with Parrot and Fruit, 1951. Oil on canvas. 10 1/2 x 14 in. (26.7 x 35.6 cm). Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.