31 December 2007
|December 15th, 2007 - Frida's eyes to represent Women's art in Italy.
The show "Women in Art from Renaissance to Surrealism" on view at the Palazzo Reale in Milan from December 5, 2007 through March 9, 2008 includes Frida's work titled "Self-portrait in a velvet dress" (1926). A detail of her painting has been chosen as image for the promotion of the show. The exhibition includes 200 works by 110 artists, from Sofonisba Anguissola to Camille Claudel, from Lavinia Fontana to Frida Kalho, from Marietta Robusti Tintoretto to Tamara de Lempicka.
more info at the museum website
| November 18th, 2007 - The exploitation of Frida's image goes on....
New York City-based Naturals Skin Care, Inc. announced on Nov. 15 the launch of the Frida Kahlo(R) skin care line. The company has also opened their first retail space, "Frida Store", at 95 E. Page Avenue, Staten Island, New York, to showcase the new line of 100% natural skin care products.
Read their explanations.... "We feel we have captured the essence and spirit of Frida Kahlo's work in this line," said Sciortino, who has been producing premium, natural skin care products since 1992. Last year, the Kahlo family permitted Sciortino to read through the private journal and letters of Frida Kahlo. "Reading her letters was a life changing experience for me. She was very much into aromatherapy herself-mixing and creating her own makeup and lotions," Sciortino added. Much like Kahlo's ability to embrace nature, the skin care line balances the complexities of natural essential oils that have positive benefits for the body and spirit.
all the licences given by the Frida Kahlo Corporation
| November 18th, 2007 - “Nuestra Frida (Our Frida)” by Grupo Soap del Corazon in Minneapolis
Curated by local Latino artists’ group, Grupo Soap del Corazon, and presented by Art Jones Gallery, “Nuestra Frida (Our Frida)” will address the art and life of Frida Kahlo in a five week show beginning December 1, 2007.
Mirroring the wonderful exhibition of Frida art at the Walker Art Center that is running concurrently, Grupo Soap artists, thru their art, will interpret, explore, and exploit Frida, her art, and the cult that surrounds her as a pop culture figure world wide. In this show artists will use photography, painting, drawing, installation and ritual, printing, sculpture, tee shirts, and conceptualism to a give the audience a 21st century take on this important figure in art history.
For example, North Minneapolis artist Satyarthi has painted portraits of Frida on both canvas and tuxedo jackets while Douglas Padilla is a creating an ofrenda (altar for the dead) in conjunction with dozens of “friends of Frida Kahlo” that he has found on internet networking site Myspace.com. Artist and designer Luis Fitch has produced a special Frida tee shirt for the show. Northeast artist James Grafsgaard has collaborated with Mexican Patricia Mendoza to create a photographic series that addresses Frida’s European and Mexican mestizo heritage.
Grupo Soap del Corazón was founded in 2000 by Xavier Tavera and Douglas Padilla to celebrate Latino artists and culture and the Latinization of Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. Comprised of both Latino and non-Latino artists, Grupo Soap has exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, on the sides of the vacant Sears building on Lake Street, and at Centro Cultural Ex-Carcel in Santiago, Chile, among other venues. It has shown the work of 40 artists, art that has been seen by over 100,000 people.
Dec 1, 2007 - Jan 5, 2008 Exhibition address: Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Avenue NE, MPLS MN USA 55413
Info about Grupo Soap del Corazón
| November 3rd, 2007 - Teatro Dallas’ Cora Cardona reprises her role as Frida Kahlo
Teatro Dallas presented last night "Noche de Muertos en la Casa Azul", a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Frida Kahlo” commemorating the birthday, life, and talent of Frida. Frida's role was played by Cora Cardona, the actress protagonist of the famous 1992 part-documentary, part-performance film by Ken Mandel, titled "A Ribbon Around a Bomb".
"Ms. Cardona does not imitate Kahlo so much as bring the depths of that volcanic, tortured personality to life. Depicting Kahlo's reaction to her accident, she wraps a large chain around her leg and reveals both pain and astonishing strength as she says: "I am not dead. I am not sick. I am only broken." (The New York Times wrote on May 22, 1992).
Last night program included the screening of the film, the recitation of a short poem by Costa Rican poet Alfredo Cardona Peña and prizes for those women brave enough to sport the unibrow and come dressed as Frida (!).
Read more about Mandel's film in my movies page
| October 22nd, 2007 - Diego Rivera's daughter rips Frida Kahlo's work
SAN JOSE (AFP) - In a Costa Rican newspaper interview, Guadalupe Rivera, a Mexican writer and art historian, criticized Kahlo's penchant for self-portraits. "During her life, she painted some 50 paintings, and the theme was her own image," Rivera told La Nacion newspaper in an article published Thursday. "They were repetitive; copies of one another." "She was a perfectionist. When she was working on a painting, it would take her a long time and my father would help her so that she would finish them and sell them," she said. "I lived through this, that's why I say it." Rivera, who was in San Jose to host a conference on her father's art at the Mexico Institute, also sought to dispel her father's image as an abusive husband to Kahlo, who died in 1954 at age 47. "It has been said that my father made Frida suffer and I can tell you that ... Frida made my father suffer. Society today, in my opinion, is completely decadent and needs a decadent icon. Frida is the symbol of this decadence," she said. The daughter of Diego Rivera's second wife Lupe Marin also said Kahlo's art became a top sell after Madonna bought her paintings and showed interest in making a movie about her life. "It was enough of an actress to be interested in Frida's work for her paintings to reach the prices that they have now reached," Rivera said.
| Sept. 30th, 2007 - A big exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rivera's death
The exhibit, which opened Friday 28th September at Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, features 170 works of art, including 23 murals and dozens of sketches, outlines and drawings done in Mexico and the United States.
Roxana Velasquez, the museum's director, said the exposition will highlight Rivera's "creative diversity." It will also return to public viewing the 1954 mural "Glorious Victory," which was believed lost for decades before it turned up in 2000 in a storage room of a Moscow museum. The two-sided mural depicts U.S. abuses against the Guatemalan people on one side, and has an unfinished section on the other that art experts believe was to show exploitation of workers in U.S. factories.
The exhibit closes on Dec. 16.
| Sept. 30th, 2007 - Frida's painting inspires "The rise of Dorothy Hale"
This theater play by playwright Myra Bairstow, opening on October 4th at St. Lukes Theater in New York, seeks to answer what was behind the suicide of a New York socialite.
History has recorded that Dorothy Hale, the widow of American muralist Gardner Hale, died in New York City on October 21, 1938 after plunging sixteen stories from her apartment window at the Hampshire House on Central Park South. She was thirty-three years old. Dorothy's death was ruled a suicide. The story of Dorothy Hale has never really been thoroughly examined…until now.
The Rise of Dorothy Hale explores the life and death of Dorothy Hale through the creative process of Frida Kahlo and enables the contradictions in history to stand face to face. Did the alleged suicide note that Clare Boothe Luce claims to have received even exist? Why did Harry Hopkins involve the White House and two key players of the Roosevelt Administration to handle damage control around Dorothy's death? What possible secrets did Dorothy know about Harry Hopkins and Clare Luce before she was found dead? Was Dorothy Hale's death a suicide or a murder made to look like a suicide?.
visit the play website
| Sept. 9th, 2007 - "My beloved doctor": new Kahlo's confessions
Frida reveals one of her long-held secrets in a new collection of letters published for the centenary of her birth, The Guardian reported on August 12, 2007. The book tells the contents of a series of letters that Kahlo exchanged with her physician, and confidant, after she suffered a miscarriage in 1932, describing the devastation she felt when she realised that she could never have Rivera's child. Kahlo's confession, titled "My Beloved Doctor", is a bilingual compilation of the letters she exchanged with Dr Leo Eloesser between 1932 and 1951, which remained hidden for 50 years after her death. Kahlo always began her letters with the phrase 'My beloved doctor', Doctorcito querido. Hence the title of the book.
The personal letters, published in the month of the centenary of her birth, were locked away in trunks and cabinets in her house in Mexico City on Rivera's orders. Rivera, 20 years Kahlo's senior, left strict orders to his trust's caretakers not to open the letters until 15 years after his death in 1957. However, one of Rivera's patrons left the collection hidden behind bathroom walls inside the house turned museum, fearing it might contain information that would compromise the couple's image. Curators opened the trunks in 2004, a year after the patron's death.
'She felt so disheartened because she would have loved to have a little Dieguito, but her dream did not come true', said Isabel Granen Porrua, in charge of the restoration and compilation of the material found in the house.
Twelve days after her miscarriage she wrote to Dr Eloesser: 'Doctorcito querido: I have wanted to write to you for a long time than you can imagine. I had so looked forward to having a little Dieguito that I cried a lot, but it's over, there is nothing else that can be done except to bear it.'
Frida's painting "Portrait of Dr Leo Eloesser" is housed by the San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center.
| Sept. 9th, 2007 - Frida buses in Mexico City
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Frida's birth Mexico City converted some of their city buses into "Fridabúses" -- moving shrines honoring the painter. Mexico's El Universal reports that the buses are also focused on making public transit safer for women, often subject to lewd behavior by men on the city's bus and subways systems: "With the image of Frida Kahlo and messages such as "I want to walk freely in the streets of my city without being afraid because I am a woman", the capital city government is attempting to foment equality for females.".
| Sept 9th, 2007 - Cuba pays omage to Frida and Diego"
A theoretical event to take place on September 12-14 will open a program of activities organized in this capital by Casa de las Americas to pay homage to Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The colloquium, which commemorates the centenary of Frida and the 50th anniversary of Rivera's death, will bring together several Mexican and Cuban researchers, who will discuss the treatment of ethnic groups and social classes in the work of both painters.
The academics will also speak about Kahlo’s and Rivera's influence on the avant-garde artistic movements of Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as their defense of just causes of their time. The colloquium includes the screening of the film "Frida: Naturaleza Viva" (Frida: Living Nature) (1983) by Mexican director Paul Leduc and the staging of the theatrical work "Cintas de seda" (Silk Ribbons) by Cuban playwright Norge Espinosa.
The Grand Theatre of Havana will premiere on September 21 the play "Frida" performed by Cuban actress Ofelia Medina.
For its part, Havana's Fine Arts Museum will exhibit its "Homage to Mexico" collection made up of works by David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera.
| August 13th, 2007 - "Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters"
This exibition , organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) features well-known photographs of the artist and private archival material to compare the public image of Frida against her private life and to explore how her image and biography informed her work.
The exhibition includes the museum's prized possession, Kahlo's Self-portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, 25 photographs of Kahlo by various artists, 10 of Kahlo's unpublished personal letters to family and friends and 12 never-before-seen photographs of Kahlo's private bathroom at the Casa Azul. "The combination of these materials will provide a stimulating context for exploring the relationship between Frida's colorful, mexicanista image and the difficult realities of her personal life," said Jason Stieber NMWA archivist and co-curator of the exhibition.
Representing Kahlo's public image are several iconic photographs of her by some of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Fritz Henle, and Nickolas Muray. The images portray Kahlo as a fashion plate, an animal lover, a passionate painter, and a proud member of the Mexican community.
To contrast Kahlo's private side, visitors can view never-before-seen images of Kahlo's private restroom at the Casa Azul which were sealed until fifty years after her death. Taken by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, these recently uncovered items document Kahlo's corsets, medical supplies and apparatuses, and reveal the grim realities which often circumscribed her life. A living legend of Mexican photography in her own right, Iturbide's work at the Casa Azul was documented by Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Echevarría. The 10 min. video is on view in the same gallery as the photos.
In addition, visitors can read personal letters in Kahlo's own hand from The Nelleke Nix and Marianne Huber Collection: The Frida Kahlo Papers. Donated to the museum at the beginning of the year, these unpublished letters provide insight into Kahlo's relationship with her mother, the artist's political views, her medical problems, and her impressions of the United States during some of the most formative years of her remarkable artistic development.
To enrich visitors understanding of Frida Kahlo, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is offering multiple screenings per week of Amy Stechler's documentary, The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, as well as educational programs focusing on Mexican art, film, music and culture.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, N.W. - Washington, DC
July 6, 2007 - October 14, 2007
Read the Smithsonian review
| August 13th, 2007 - "Lola Alvarez Bravo" at the Smithsonian’s International Gallery , Washington D.C.
The photo exhibition "Lola Alvarez Bravo" opens at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, International Gallery Wednesday, Sept. 5. It is presented by the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month 2007 ( Sept. 15-Oct. 15 ).
Lola Alvarez Bravo ( 19031993 ) is widely recognized as Mexico's first woman photographer and a pioneering figure in the rise of modernist photography in Mexico. The 56 vintage photographic prints on display span six decades and range in subject matter and technique, including street photographs, images documenting indigenous people and traditional culture in Mexico, portraits and Surrealist-inspired photomontages.
The photographer's work can best be understood in the context of Mexico's great post-Revolution cultural renaissance, which attracted such international artistic figures as Paul Strand, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tina Modotti and Edward Weston. She was a central figure in the Mexican modern art movement, which included Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Maria Izquierdo and David Alfaro Siqueiros—all of whom she photographed.
Her best-known portraits, and ultimately the work for which she gained international recognition, are that of her colleague and friend Frida Kahlo. Primarily taken between 1944 and 1945, these portraits reveal a profound knowledge of Kahlo's physical and emotional state of pain and conflict.
Taken from Smithsonian PressRelease.
S. Dillon Ripley Center - International Gallery
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW - Washington, D.C.
Sept. 5 - Nov. 11
| July 30th, 2007 - A puppet theater unveils Frida's playful side
Frida Kahlo meticulously painted blood, gore and her emotional suffering. Yet curators recently discovered she lived playfully, spending hours with puppets acting out scenes in a childlike theater. As she challenged conventional ideas of beauty, she boldly flaunted her unibrow and mustache, yet kept photos of bikini-clad women and beefy, chiseled-faced sailors. To mark the anniversary, curators have carefully selected for display a small representation of the thousands of keepsakes, notes, sketches and clothing found in 2004 at her former family-home-turned-museum in Mexico City. The discovery, including the puppet theater and photos, confronts widely held beliefs of the eccentric wife of muralist Diego Rivera. If "Every mind is a world" as the Mexican adage goes, Kahlo's was a vast universe that art researchers say they have only started to understand and will spend decades more exploring, 100 years after her birth.
"This discovery has raised a lot of doubts and reshaped many things," said curator Ricardo Perez, who is part of a team of five experts overseeing the findings. "Concerning Frida, there are a lot of surprises". Researchers are uncovering an optimistic, studious and even playful side of Kahlo that rarely is reflected in the self-portraits that make up her best-known work. Perez, who has analyzed and studied the lives of Rivera and Kahlo for more than 50 years, said the puppet theater was among the biggest surprises and "is a testimony to the child inside Frida her entire life."
Taken from an article by Julie Watson (Associated Press) published on Friday, July 20, 2007 by Cleveland.com
| July 30th, 2007 - "Best Frida" award at the National Museum of Mexican art of Chicago
More than a dozen girls and women dressed up yesterday as the Mexican artist to win the coveted "best Frida" award during the museum's celebration of the centennial of her birth. Many contestants donned Kahlo's signature unibrow, and others wore elaborate costumes. Contestants were judged by more than 320 guests, who clapped and cheered for their favorite Frida.
"The response was amazing," said Jorge Valdivia, director of performing arts at the museum. He attributed the event's success to Kahlo's broad appeal and to everyone wanting to show appreciation for the culture. The winner, Gabriela Reno, 15, stood out with a stuffed monkey, imitating several of Kahlo's self-portraits.
| July 9th, 2007 - Fashion show inspired by Frida at the Instituto de Ciencias y Educación Superior, A.C. - Sonora, Mexico
This celebratory event , titled "Frida Kahlo, El color de los sentimientos" occurred last June 7 in Sonora, under the coordination of the Fashion designer Annett Castro Padilla.
| July 9th, 2007 - "Women Artists of Modern Mexico: Frida's Contemporaries" at the National Museum of Mexican Art
Women Artists of Modern Mexico will feature 26 female colleagues of Frida Kahlo, focuses on painting, sculpture and photography. Kahlo herself will be represented in the current exhibit by the small oil "La venadita (Little Deer)" and the still-shocking drawing "El aborta (Frida and the Abortion)" . Most of the women of "Frida's Contemporaries," including Kahlo herself, traveled widely, picking up influences. Some settled in Mexico as immigrants from Europe and the United States; Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, from Spain and England, respectively, brought with them a strain of surrealism. And several melancholy portraits, such as Rosario Cabrera's "Girl With a Blue Rebozo" (1922), are ineffably yet fiercely Mexican.
Other works partake of the Mexican mural and woodcut traditions, which are inseparable from the country's history and politics.
June 22 - Sept. 2 National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, Chicago, IL
| July 9th, 2007 - Cuba pays tribute to Frida and Diego with “Frida and Diego, voices of the Earth”
Over forty Cuban artists will be meeting this week to pay one out of the many tributes to Frida and Diego on the occasion of Kahlo’s 100th birthday and Rivera’s 50th anniversary of his death. The tribute has been entitled: “Frida and Diego, voices of the Earth”, and will last ‘till November.
The opening day will be July 6, on Frida’s birthday, with a Visual Arts exhibition, where will be work arts of Cuban outstanding painters like Zayda del Rio, Nelson Domínguez, Cosme Proenza, Vicente R. Bonachea and Eduardo Roca (aka “El Choco”).
The event that Cuba dedicates to these two famous personalities, considered paradigms of the Visual Arts in Latin America, also includes two contests, children’s creative workshops, several lectures, a movie exhibition, and the inauguration of a collective mural.
The event will be attended by a delegation headed by the researcher Teresa del Conde and two out of four- Frida’s pupils.
| June 17th, 2007 - "The Treasures of the Blue House, Frida and Diego" will open on July 6th
The museum of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will exhibit never-before-seen drawings, personal items. To commemorate 100 years since her birth, Frida Kahlo's Mexico City family home-turned-museum will display clothing, drawings, photographs and tidbits of the eccentric artist's daily life.
The items were found inside trunks and in an unused bathroom three years ago and have never before been shown publicly. The Treasures of the Blue House, Frida and Diego will open to the public at the Blue House on July 6, marking Kahlo's birthday in 1907. The collection of 22,105 documents, 5,387 photos, more than 6,000 magazines and books and 179 pieces of clothing aims to dispel myths about the painter's life, the museum's director Hilda Trujillo announced Thursday.
''With this discovery we can get to know Frida more as an intellectual. We see that she was deeply creative, studious,'' Trujillo said. ``You see scientific research in her work which is backed up by the large amount of medical books that we discovered with papers and markings she had made inside them.''
Most of the material was locked away in trunks and cabinets that were covered in tape and dispersed throughout the Blue House. Her husband, renowned muralist Diego Rivera, left instructions asking the caretakers of his trust not to open the trunks and cabinets until 15 years after his death in 1957. But Mexican society woman, Dolores Olmedo, left them closed, believing the material could contain personal information that would compromise the couple's image, said her son, Carlos Phillips Olmedo, who runs several museums, including the Blue House. Curators opened the trunks and cabinets in 2004, a year after Dolores Olmedo died.
The collection includes corsets that Kahlo used to support her back, which was fractured in a bus accident when she was a young girl. It reflects snippets of her daily life, including a trolley car ticket with a scribbled note by Kahlo and a napkin marked with a lipstick kiss, along with letters from European artists and 102 never-before-seen drawings by Kahlo.
Curators also found 30 photos of her father, Guillermo Kahlo, that he had taken of himself, possibly giving inspiration to Kahlo's self portraits that she used to deal with the accident, her tumultuous marriage and her inability to have children. ''It's an archive that is full of life . . . from the kisses shown in the photos to the notes scribbled on the back of them,'' curator Pablo Ortiz said. ``It exudes her.''
Undated photo © AFP Omar Torres
| June 17th, 2007 - Frida Kahlo at MARCO, Monterrey
The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, MARCO, presents, within the framework of the Monterrey 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures, the first exhibition in Monterrey devoted entirely to Frida Kahlo. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Thursday, August 30, 2007.
The show is a selection of works ranging from drawings made at age 19, after having suffered the accident that marked her life and work, to some of her last oils in which she dramatically depicted her interaction with the world around her. It also features photographs of Frida as a child, teenager, and woman, with some capturing her surrounded by glamour and others exposing her as all too human.
The exhibition includes pieces from the Instituto Tlaxcalteca de Cultura, the Museo de Arte Moderno, the Museo Dolores Olmedo, the Banco Nacional de México, and the FEMSA Collection, as well as private collectors.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey
August 31 - September 30
Read the article from FuerteVentura Digital
On the 20th of June Raquel Tibol will present at MARCO her last two books: "Escrituras de Frida Kahlo; Seleccion, promeio y notas" and "Diego Rivera. Luces y sombras".
| June 10th, 2007 - Frida and Diego's Drawings Found
Scientists have found more than 100 unknown drawings by artistic duo Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City.
Their works were found in a hidden room of the Casa Azul (Blue house), which was once shared by the painting couple and is now a museum, Le Jornada daily announced on June 6th.
The drawings are a part of the archive materials which include documents and letters. Experts have been working on their categorisation for a year. The Kahlo Museum in neighbouring Coyoacan notified that it had planned to officially announce the findings at the end of June.
Read the article from LaJornada in Spanish
| June 3rd, 2007 - Mexico City commemorates the 100th anniversary of Frida birth.
The 100th birthday of Frida will be honoured with the largest-ever exhibit of her paintings by the Museum of the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico, named "Frida Kahlo, 1907-2007: homenaje nacional". "The 354 pieces will be the largest exposition of Frida Kahlo," director of the National Fine Arts Institute Teresa Franco told reporters. It will also be Kahlo's first comprehensive exhibit in Mexico, she said: After Mexico proclaimed Rivera paintings to be national cultural heritage, foreign owners feared lending her work to Mexico. Besides one-third of her artistic production, manuscripts and 50 letters that have not been displayed previously, she said. Works are on loan from Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nayoga, Japan.
"It is important for our visitors to know that Frida wrote, thought, challenged the Americans . . . here they will see the complete Frida," Bellas Artes Director Roxana Gonzalez said.
The most recent international exhibition of Kahlo's work was in 2005 by the Tate Modern in London, which brought together 87 works.
June 13 - August 19
Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes
open 10:30 am to 6:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday.
See the photogallery of the event
To mark the anniversary, the Blue House, Kahlo's Mexico City family home-turned-museum, will display nearly 300 pieces of clothing found more than two ago in a trunk in an unused bathroom.
| May 26th, 2007 - "Spencer Tunick photographed 105 naked women resembling Kahlo"
On May 6th, in Mexico City, "There were 105 Fridas, 105 women with long black hair to pay tribute to Frida Kahlo," said Marco Antonio Hernandez, the promoter of the Brooklin based photographer SpencerTunick.
The models were selected from the 18,000 people who stripped for Tunick the previous day at the main square of Mexico City. Standing up to salute, crouching in fetal positions and lying prone on the tiles of the Zocalo Plaza, the volunteers formed a sea of flesh that Tunick caught on his camera from balconies.
On Monday, as a final installation, Tunick sent 105 women to the late painter Frida's house in Coyoacan as a tribute. The girls were selected for their long, straight hair. They were made to resemble Khalo with hair braided like a crown and faces painted with full eyebrows.
Tunick, from Brooklyn, New York, has become famous for photographing thousands of naked people in public settings worldwide, from London and Vienna to Buenos Aires and Buffalo. Previously his best turnout was 7,000 naked models in Barcelona in 2003.
picture: courtesy by www.quotidiano.net
Read an interesting article about the Mexico City event
| May 24th, 2007 - "Frida Kahlo" a big exhibition in major American museums
"Frida Kahlo", a show of approximately 50 paintings, will debut at the Walker Art Center next October to travel then to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Frida Kahlo" is organized by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.Guest curated by Hayden Herrera with co-curator Elizabeth Carpenter of Walker Art Center
October 27, 2007 - January 20, 2008 Target Gallery, Walker Art Center Minneapolis
February 20 - May 18, 2008, Philadelphia Museum of Art
June 14 - September 16, 2008m San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Detailed info at the Walker Art Center website
| May 24th, 2007 - Oglethorpe Celebrates Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is proud to present "Frida y Diego, Photographs of their Lives". This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of Frida Kahlo's birth, the 50th anniversary of Diego Rivera's death and the 30th anniversary of the Mexican Embassy in Atlanta.
This exhibition is a rare collection of art photographs by several of the most significant photographers of the time, such as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Nickolas Muray, Manuel Alvarez Bravo and Guillermo Kahlo.
"Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is extremely proud to have been selected to show this significant historical exhibition exposing the personal life of two great 20th century international artists," said OUMA director Lloyd Nick.
June 13 through August 28, 2007
4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta
| May 17th, 2007 - An exhibition celebrates in Berlin Frida s centenary
To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frida, the HAUS am KLEISTPARK in Berlin, Germany, will open on May 24th the exhibition called "Frida a los 100 anos", showing works by Gisèle Freund Paris, Anne Jud USA and Berlin, Guillermo Kahlo Mexico, Antonio Kahlo Mexico, Cristina Kahlo Mexico, Renate Reichert Italy, Gisela Weimann Berlin.
24th May - 8th July 2007
Grunewaldstr. 6-7, 10823 Berlin
Article in German
| April 25th, 2007 - An exhibition of Frida's father photograph
To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frida, the San Carlos National Museum in Mexico City inaugurated an exhibition with photographs taken by her father.
The German-born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo arrived in Mexico in 1891 and his photographs are thought to document expressively that time in the North American country. Forty works from several archives were brought together for the exhibition.
Curator Guadalupe Ruiz said the show includes portraits of the three-year-old Frida, as well as pictures of Mexican society at the beginning of the 20th century.
"We did not want to focus that much on Frida, in order to show her father's own worth as an artist," Ruiz told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
| March 4th, 2007 - A book on Frida's Diary by the Italian M. Cristina Secci
"The image at the mirror. The literary self-portrait of Frida Kahlo" is the title of M. Cristina Secci's book dedicated to the Diary of Frida.
The Diary of Frida Kahlo celebrates a legendary character, an immortal being at the mirror with its power of reflection, of adhesion to the truth, but also of deformation of reality. It’s a work between writing and colour, within the rhymes of the image and the poetry of a landscape. Any apparent rule limits this literary self-portrait where it is possible to mix up, to overlap and to abandon the matter without being blamed for negligence. The main classes of ingredients - words and images - cohabit in the work alternating in their natural roles. They overlap in the same space of one page. They win the fight for supremacy or widen in search of loneliness.Their relation enhances until a real symbiosis between writing and painting is reached.
M. Cristina Secci, born in Cagliari in 1972, is living in Mexico City by 1999. Besides her interest for the artistic-literary research she dedicates to the activity of translation and journalism. She currently teaches Spanish Language at the University of Cagliari in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy.
| March 4th, 2007 - Walker opens Kahlo exhibit in October
The Walker Art Center recently announced that it's teaming up with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to present "Frida Kahlo," a collection of the famed Mexican artist's paintings, to mark the centennial of Kahlo's birth. The exhibit — curated by art historian Hayden Herrera and the Walker's Elizabeth Carpenter — will make its debut at the Walker on Oct. 27, running through Jan. 20, 2008, before moving on to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
October 27 January 20, 2008
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
| February 18th, 2007 - "Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon" at Tacoma Art Museum
"Images of an Icon" offers a means of seeing Frida Kahlo’s world through the eyes of those who surrounded her. Modern masters of the camera such as Lucienne Bloch, Emmy Lou Packard, Florence Arquin, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, as well as leading photojournalists such as Giselle Freund, Bernard Silberstein, and Fritz Henle captured her in their lenses. Kahlo’s relatives, lovers, and friends, including Guillermo Kahlo, Nickolas Muray, and Lola Alvarez Bravo were witness to a more intimate Frida. The images span Kahlo’s life and follow the artist from precocious child to famous artist. They permit a look into her bedroom, a seat at her table, a visit to her hospital room, a stroll through her garden, and a view into her collections. There is an ancillary component to the exhibition featuring the work of Northwest artists who have been inspired by Kahlo, the artist and icon.
February 3 June 10, 2007
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave Tacoma WA 98402
read an interesting article in the Absolute Arts website
| January 12th, 2007 - "FRIDA, un retablo" in tour
"FRIDA, un retablo", written by Dañel Malán and directed by Olga Sanchez Opens today at El Centro Milagro and will tour through November 2007. In this exciting new reworking of "FRIDA, un retablo", two Frida’s will take the stage in the portrayal, Dañel Malán as the older Frida and Maya Malán-Gonzalez as the younger. Omar Vargas returns in his role of Diego Rivera. Matthew Preston will play several roles, which includes Leon Trotsky, André Breton and Julian Levy. Direction and dramaturgy is by Olga Sanchez, musical composition by Art Viloria and Milagro’s signature mural was designed and painted by Tomas Rivero.
525 S.E. Stark St., Portland
| January 10th, 2007 - Frida events in Ottawa - Canada
Mexicana is a collection of distinctly Mexican items. A group show of work related to Mexico and all things Mexican. A special emphasis will be an homage to Frida Kahlo as this show will be done in partnership with the National Art Centre production of "Frida K." played by Allegra Fulton during the same dates. Other partners are the Mexican Embassy and the University of Mexico.
January 5 - 28th, 2007
7 Hamilton Avenue North, OTTAWA, ONTARIO
"Frida Kahlo; Inside Coming Out" by Tony Clark. Portrait of Frida with painted images of historical personalities which have influenced her life, including Confucis, Jesus, Lenin and Mao Tse-Tung. Photo: courtesy Eileen Murphy
| January 2nd, 2007 - Recently Found Kahlo Skirts to be Shown
During the summer of 2007, the pieces found inside a trunk that had been forgotten in an unused bathroom will be displayed at Kahlo’s family home-turned-museum for the 100 th anniversary of the painter’s birth. “When curators opened the lid to find hundreds of Frida Kahlo’s colorful skirts and blouses, many still infused with the artist’s perfume and cigarette smoke. It has taken two years to log and restore the almost 300 articles, “reported the Associated Press.
The trunk of clothes were found in 2004 during a renovation of her family’s home, where she died in 1954.
The Associated Press reported that “The clothes are a window to Kahlo’s life. The curators of her museum were struck not only by the actual garments but also by the fact that they still smelled of Kahlo.”
"There is still a trace of that very particular odor," said Magdalena Rosen Zweig to Istra Pacheco of the Associated Press, who helped do the restorations. "It’s not mildew or mothballs, but the smell of a person, cigarettes, perfume. It’s a very particular smell, something that makes the clothing come alive. It’s something that helps you understand a person."
taken from ArtDaily.com
| January 2nd, 2007 - Frida among Surrealist painters in Allentown
From February 5 to May 14, the Allentown Art Museum will present "Surrealism - Theater of the Mind" in the Kress Gallery. This major display will be the largest Surrealist exhibition in the museum's history and its first in 40 years. The exhibit will feature more than 60 works of art, including such major artists as Giorgio de Chirico, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning and the collaborative group of photographers PaJaMa (Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French), along with a core group of work by Russian American painter and designer Eugene Berman (1899-1972).
February 5th - May 14th, 2007
Allentown Art Museum, 31 North Fifth Street, Allentown, PN
| January 2nd, 2007 - Five Fridas in Miami
Never seen before in Miami, Five Fridas is an intimate showing of five works by famed Mexican artist and icon Frida Kahlo, which are part of the National Heritage of Mexico. These five small-scale works range from 1928 to 1951, and offer an introspective glimpse into the various stages of this extraordinary artist’s life. The popular concepts of Kahlo’s artistic range are present in these works, including direct representation of traditional Mexican objects and motifs, as well as trademark surrealistic paintings that employ a more personal, intimate and spiritual insight into Kahlo's memory and vivid imagination.
November 8th, 2006 - April 30th, 2007
Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Avenue,Miami Beach, FL 33139