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31 December 2010

  November 7th, 2010 - A new novel about Frida by Pino Cacucci

¡VIVA LA VIDA! (Feltrinelli, 2010) portrays the passionate existence of Frida Kahlo, told by the artist herself from the pinnacle of her life. In these pages we find Mexico, the story of a woman, the reawakening of her imagination: the fiery synthesis of a lifetime.
read a review (in Italian)
  October 23th, 2010 - The Nickolas Muray Portraits in Dallas

The stunning portraits of Frida Kahlo, many of them by her lover Nickolas Muray, are on view at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas.
Nickolas Muray (1892­1965) was a Hungarian born artist that worked in New York as a photographer, specializing in portraits of celebrities. His work was often seen in Vanity Fair magazine. Nick’s friendship with the Mexican artist, Miguel Covarrubias, lead to the introduction to Frida Kahlo when Nick visited Mexico. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were introduced by Covarubbias and it was in 1931 when Nickolas and Frida’s love affair started. Later, when Frida had a solo exhibition at the renowned Julian Levy gallery in New York, she continued their affair. Most of the portraits that will be exhibited were taken in Nick’s studio during that New York visit.
The exhibition will feature color and black and white portraits. Highlights include Frida and Diego with Gas Mask, 1938, and the classic Frida Kahlo with Red Rebozo. These stunning images reveal Nick’s propensity for portraiture. Nickolas Muray has portrayed Frida as she was, a dramatic woman and artist.
More portraits of Frida Kahlo are included by other artists from her circle: Bernard Silberstein, Héctor García, Lola Alvarez Bravo, and Lucienne Bloch.
This exhibition celebrates the México Bicentenario, marking the 200 years of México Independence. Many diverse exhibitions are featured throughout the metroplex including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Mexican Consulate.
October 16, 2010 - January 1, 2011
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery 1202 Dragon Street, Ste. 103, Dallas, Texas 75207
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October 10th, 2010 - Frida Kahlo retrospective in Vienna

The exhibition "Frida Kahlo - Retrospective" contains around 60 paintings, 20 objects and 80 works on paper. These are joined by a representative selection of photographic documents, compiled by Frida’s great-niece Cristina Kahlo. Among them are iconic photos taken of her by Nickolas Muray: enthralling examples of the self-scenario she projected and which contributed decisively to the construction of her myth.
Most of Kahlo’s artistic legacy is in Mexico and the USA. In view of the marginal number of paintings Kahlo produced (the catalogue raisonné lists no more than 143), the lack of Kahlo’s oeuvre in European collections, and the sparsity of exhibition projects in Europe, we may regard this show as a sensation for Vienna.
The exhibition is being held in cooperation with the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition curators in Vienna are Ingried Brugger, Florian Steininger and Helga Prignitz-Poda.
from 1st September to 10th December 2010
Bank Austria Kunstforum (Verein), Freyung 8, 1010 Wien
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  April 10th, 2010 - Frida Kahlo painting unseen for 72 years to be sold at auction

Survivor, 1938 by Frida Kahlo. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010.
Christie’s will offer, Survivor, 1938 by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) (estimate: $100,000-150,000) as one of the outstanding highlights of the Latin American Evening Sale, taking place on 26 May 2010. This will mark the first time that this rare and extraordinary work has come to market since it was initially exhibited in 1938 at the Julien Levy Gallery, in Kahlo’s very first solo exhibition.
Survivor was purchased from this groundbreaking show by the esteemed Walter Pach, who later gifted it to the present owner. As an artist, critic, lecturer, art adviser, and art historian, Pach’s ability to recognize unmatched quality and innovative thinking was admired in artistic communities around the world. Pach was responsible for bringing the Armory show to New York in 1913, and was the first to have written about Cézanne in the United States in 1908, and the first to lecture on Van Gogh. Therefore, it was only natural when The New Yorker reported that Pach was the first to purchase a work from Kahlo’s exhibit; the work was Survivor.
This striking, palm-sized painting features a Mexican idol, standing on a field and ridden with alienation and disparity. Kahlo described the lonely subject as symbolic of Mexico’s insecurity in what had become an increasingly volatile world. However, Survivor also encompasses a tremendous amount of personal significance for Kahlo, who had lead a very harrowing life in the years preceding the execution of this work, including the first separation from husband Diego Rivera, the discovery of his affair with her sister, a pending divorce, the ensuing suicidal verdict, and then the pair’s eventual reunion. According to leading Kahlo scholar, Salomon Grimberg, “The circumstances that generated the Survivor image clarify Kahlo’s earlier description of the painting as mirroring her personal situation, her loneliness and survival in her own shaky world. The gateway of a ruinous dwelling stands abandoned on the horizon line of an empty plain; it reflects Kahlo’s alienation. Long ago, this was the entrance to someplace; now, it is the threshold to nowhere. Kahlo’s resilience is represented by a pre-Columbian vessel in the shape of a standing warrior from a burial site in Colima, the western region of Mexico.”
Kahlo’s feelings of desperation and isolation are apparent in this work, but in fact, this Survivor is an ex-voto, done to express her gratitude for the miracle that had been granted that had allowed her to survive the volatility of her personal existence. In fact, Kahlo chose to frame the work with an ornate tin frame made in Oaxaca resembling those traditionally used for votive paintings.
Taken by artdaily.org
  March 27th, 2010 - Luna Negra Dance Theater Pays Homage to Frida

"Paloma Querida" dance piece debuts today at the Harris Theater in Chicago. "I fell in love with the idea after doing research about Frida and watching movies about her," Luna's artistic director Michelle Manzanales told about the project,"I thought, 'I have to do this. It's going to be amazing". Manzanales uses multiple Fridas in the piece in order to portray the different layers and aspects of the artist's life. The final dance piece centers on four of Frida’s self-portraits: “Self Portrait with Cropped Hair,” “Self Portrait Broken Column,” “Self Portrait in a Red Velvet Dress” and “My Dress Hangs There.” The piece incorporates music from the “Frida” movie soundtrack, particularly “Paloma Negra” sung by Chavela Vargas as well as “Razones” sung by Spanish artist Bebe and includes contemporary dance as well as traditional Mexican folkloric dancing.
This one-night performance, which also includes Quinceañera choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro and Plight choreographed by Edgar Zendejas, is part of the bicentennial celebration of Mexico’s Independence, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago.
Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 East Randolph Dr., Chicago USA
Read an article by Chicago Now

March 21st, 2010 - "Frida Kahlo - Retrospective" at Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin

The over 120 paintings and drawings on display in the Martin-Gropius-Bau will be the most extensive exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s oeuvre to date. It will contain works never before seen and assumed to be lost. A particular highlight will be the last work of Frida Kahlo, here to be seen for the first time. There will also be approximately 70 drawings, some of them hitherto unpublished, which reveal unknown aspects of the artist’s personality. These will include landscapes that metamorphose into sexual fantasies and subtly humorous plays on words and images. The codes needed to decipher these conceits will be clearly explained.
Frida Kahlo’s artistic development from the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit), through Mexican Estridentism to Surrealism and her very own blend of Realism will be comprehensively presented. Her art will be supplemented by a collection of photographs belonging to her family and friends which offer unusual insights into her time. Responsibility for this part of the exhibition will rest with Frida Kahlo’s great niece, the photographer Cristina Kahlo.
The loans come from Mexican private collections, North American museums and prominent collections in the USA.
Martin Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, Berlin, Bundesland Berlin 10963
30th April - 9th August 2010

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  February 14th, 2010 - "Frida Kahlo y su mundo" at BOZAR in Bruxelles

The Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels will be displaying a prestigious selection of Kahlo's works, the entire collection of the Olmedo museum, the world’s largest (private) collection of her work. 19 paintings, an etching, six drawings, and a number of photographs bear witness to her brilliant contribution to the symbolist and surrealist movements.
Bozar Centre for fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23, Bruxelles, Belgium
16th January - 18th April 2010
go to the exhibition web site