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"Frida Kahlo. Una vita per immagini" at the Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona (Italy)

27 February 2022 | 22 May 2022

Frida's biographical events are told by 80 photographs, mostly original, taken by Guillermo Kahlo himself during his daughter's childhood and youth and then by some of the greatest photographers of his time: Leo Matiz, Imogen Cunninghan, Edward Weston, Lucienne Bloch, Bernard Silbertein, Manuel and Lola Alvarez Bravo, Nickolas Muray and others.

With over 100 shots the exhibition intends to reconstruct the events that characterized the life of the great Mexican artist and investigate the reasons why she became an international female icon.

The exhibition itinerary first of all returns to the context in which such a particular personality has established itself: it is Mexico of the early twentieth century, crossed by a revolution that changed its history, thanks to humble campesinos and heroic protagonists such as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.

The epic and the myth of the Mexican revolution will remain etched in Frida's mind and will forge her indomitable character, fueling her sense of rebellion against bourgeois conventions and the impositions of a strongly male-dominated society. The events of the Kahlo family take place in this context. Guillermo, the father, is a professional photographer of German origin, who arrived in Mexico in 1891 and soon fell in love with the country that welcomed him. Its activity is evidenced by some photographs taken on behalf of the Austrian government, to document the churches of Mexico, built in the colonial period.

Finally, rare documents are on display, such as the original catalog of Frida's exhibition organized by André Breton in Paris, the first "revolutionary painting manifesto" signed by Breton and Rivera, a photographic documentation of his famous Casa Azul and a large painting made by Chinese painter Xu De Qi that reproduces Las Dos Frida.

The exhibition ends with a video collecting the few filmed images of the great Mexican artist.

Other info at the link below (in Italian).

A video about the exhibition is available here.