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"Frida Kahlo. Una vita rivoluzionaria" at the Aragonese Castle in Otranto, Italy

27 March 2024 | 15 November 2024

"Frida Kahlo. A Revolutionary Life" is the title of the new exhibition at the Aragonese Castle in Otranto, which will open on 27 March and close on 15 November.
The exhibition is promoted by the Municipality of Otranto - Department of Tourism - with the close collaboration of Turin-based Art Book Web and 3seizero.

"The City of Otranto will host an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to the story of Frida Kahlo this year in the Aragonese Castle, as the highlight of its cultural programme," says the Mayor of Otranto, Avv. Francesco Bruni, "a compelling journey through the life and work of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. It will be a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in Frida's intense creativity and troubled soul, exploring the cultural, social and political influences that shaped her extraordinary artistic vision through the shots of some great photographersThe exhibition will offer an intimate look at Frida's life and her intellectual and human passions, emphasising her pioneering role in many social struggles of her time. As art critic Francesco Bonami has said, Frida Kahlo's art is immediate. It is somewhere between great painting and naïf, it is both pop and folkloric. This is why we believe that the exhibition will be able to contribute to a deeper knowledge of an artist much loved by the general public and will certainly be one of the main attractions of our cultural offer for spring-summer 2024, enhancing that prestigious container that has been the Otranto Castle in recent years.

The exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo," says Cristina De Benedetto, deputy mayor and councillor for tourism, in this specific historical moment, represents a commitment on the part of our community to a complex reflection on the values of women's freedom and their engagement in society. This artist has traversed complex decades of world history, living an existential story that is both absolutely dramatic and happily intense.The images depicting her at different moments of her extraordinary life show us a great story of art, love, ideals of freedom and equality. An essential trace for the new generations too".

Through images captured by Guillermo Kahlo during Frida's early years and by some of the greatest photographers of the era, including Edward Weston, Lucienne Bloch, Nickolas Muray, Leo Matiz, Manuel, and Lola Alvarez Bravo, the exhibition gives us a glimpse into the heart of Frida's tortured biography.
Diego Rivera, the painter and muralist with whom he had a tumultuous and intense relationship for a large portion of his life, is frequently depicted alongside the artist. In addition, a collection of small, intimate Polaroid photos of Frida taken by gallery owner Julien Levy and a photographic record of the renowned Casa Azul are on display.

Logistic details and info at the link below (in Italian)