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News 2012

31 December 2012

  October 28th, 2012 - Frida Kahlo Extramuros

"If people do not go to the museum, we go to them"
Mexican museums Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Frida Kahlo and Dolores Olmedo organize Frida Kahlo Extramuros, a touring exhibition project started on April 2011, that features pictures of the artist and that can be seen throughout the Mexico State. 
Hilda Trujillo, Director of the Museo Casa Azul, the Museum Anahuacalli and general coordinator of this exhibition, explains the raison d’etre of this project, interviewed by Artelista.
Frida Kahlo Extramuros is an exhibition that will travel to different malls in Mexico.  Which is the main purpose of this touring exhibition?
This exhibition aims to bring museums Anahuacalli Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Dolores Olmedo to the public, to raise awareness and introduce the art world into society. If people do not go to the museum, we go to them.
Alejandro Garcia Aguinaco, director of the company Taller de Museografía TDM, said that this exhibition is an invitation to mall visitors to live a multi-sensory experience. What makes this exhibition different from the others?
We cannot present the original works due to security measures and because Diego Rivera stated in his testament that the paintings cannot leave the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Anahuacalli museums­they cannot leave the museums even for restoration -, we are unable to lend works. So we used technology to display Frida’s reproductions and make them look visually striking , taking into account the visual and audible power that a mall has, which is overwhelming. We used lets in light boxes to place the work, which made the image visually different and attractive.
Facsimiles, made by Gabriel Figueroa, were used in high quality photographs. We also installed a children’s playroom and an art book section about Diego and Frida’s museums. These initiatives were indeed very successful. The walls were built with recyclable materials to enhance their use and we thought of putting a carpet to create an intimate space in a visual space which is very competitive. We have had 300,000 visits.
read the complete interview
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  October 28th, 2012 - Frida Kahlo Makes the Cover of Vogue for the First Time

Nearly 60 years after her death, artist Frida Kahlo will be a Vogue cover girl. Vogue Mexico used photographer Nickolas Muray’s iconic 1939 portrait of Kahlo taken in New York for its November 2012 cover to coincide with the November 22 opening of “Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo” at the artist’s eponymous museum.
Inside the special collector’s edition of the magazine is an entire package devoted to Kahlo that includes a feature on contemporary designers — like Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo — who have designed collections inspired by the artist, a story on the exhibition, as well as an article on the elements of her style.
This isn’t the first time Kahlo has been featured in Vogue; she was also interviewed in American Vogue in 1937.
Go to this page of fridakahlofans for other images of Frida in magazines.
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  October 18th, 2012 - "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting" in Toronto

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present from 20 October 2012 to 20 January 2013, “Frida & Diego : Passion, Politics and Painting”. This important retrospective will confront the work of Frida and Diego Rivera.
The exhibition will offer 75 artworks which will question the couple’s relationship, but also their relations to society, politics and the influence of their commitment in their work. Among the famous artworks, there will be some of Kahlo’s self portraits, including Autorretrato con monos (1943) or The Broken Column, from the collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo. The institution, which owns most of Kahlo’s work, loaned the paintings for the retrospective.
Artworks from Jacques and Natasha Gelman’s personal collection of Mexican art will also be presented during the exhibition. The couple, friends of both artists, owns many artworks, including a portrait of Natasha Gelman by Diego Rivera.
Art Gallery of Ontario web site