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"Frida Kahlo, Beyond Appearances" , Palais Galliera, Paris, France

15 September 2022 | 05 March 2023

This exhibition invites visitors to explore the private side of Frida's life and to understand how she constructed her identity through the way she presented and represented herself, moving away from the stereotypes associated with her personality.

More than 200 pieces from the Casa Azul, where Frida was born and raised, are on display for the first time in France, in conjunction with the Museo Frida Kahlo, including clothing, accessories, correspondence, cosmetics, medicines, and orthopaedic devices. When the artist died in 1954, her husband, the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, sealed her personal things, which were not recovered until 2004, fifty years later.

This priceless collection, which includes traditional Tehuana skirts, pre-Columbian jewellery collected by Frida, and hand-painted corsets and prosthetics, is displayed with films and images of the artist to create a visual story of her unusual life.

In an exhibition that is both biographical and thematic, the Palais Galliera looks at the artist’s visit to Paris and her relationship with the Surrealist group.

The visit continues with a capsule exhibition from 15 September to 31 December 2022, which considers Frida Kahlo’s influence on contemporary fashion and how she has remained an icon and source of inspiration for designers such as Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld for CHANEL, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior or Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons.

With special support from Chanel.


Circe Henestrosa, curator and designer of the exhibition, Head of the School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Miren Arzalluz, director of the Palais Galliera

Gannit Ankori, curatorial advisor, PhD, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator, Rose Art Museum, USA

Click here for a YouTube video about the exhibition.