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31 December 2006

  October 30th, 2006 - Frida' s Lithograph at "Personal Views" in San Diego.

"Frida and the Miscarriage", a Frida' s lithograph dated 1932 will be shown at the exhibition ""Personal Views: Regarding Private Collections in San Diego" at San Diego Museum of Art together with works by Rembrandt, Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Nan Goldin and many others.
October 21, 2006-January 7, 2007
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California

  October 20th, 2006 - Astrid Hadad: "Ludica Mujer Impudica" in Miami

Astrid Hadad is a hilariously funny Mexican diva with a message—one whose brilliant and theatrical performances blend social and political satire with musical virtuosity. In her new show, Ludica Mujer Impudica, accompanied by her talented band, she mixes and recasts ranchera, bolero, rumba, rock and jazz through a wild and unique sensibility that mines Latin identity from a distinctly female point of view. Her extravagant, inventive costumes—delirious performance pieces that are instant camp classics—are inspired both by Frida Kahlo and Mexico's underground club scene.
October 20th - 21, 2006
Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.

give a look to Astrid Hadad web site
  October 19th, 2006 - Frida inspires fashion designer Sue Wong

Sue Wong presented her company's new Spring 2007 line during the big show of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles.
Referring to the "Fiesta" section of the show,"Those dresses have a Frida Kahlo feel, I think." Wong said.

More info and pictures in my "fashion" page
  October 17th, 2006 - "Mexican Modern: Masters of the 20th Century" at El Paso Museum

Exhibition opened on Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 2pm with lecture by Professor Luis-Martin Lozano, Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de México.Comprised of more than 60 works, Mexican Modern showcases the talent of 26 prominent artists between the years 1920 and 1955. The exhibition includes works by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti and many others. Exhibition organized by the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.
September 17 - November 2, 2006
El Paso Museum of Art
One Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
  September 29, 2006 - Events in Italy to celebrate the centenary of Frida's birth

The Instituto Cervantes of Rome, in collaboration with the Cultural Association El Mirabrás, the Embassy of Mexico in Italy and the Real Academy of Spain in Rome introduce the program of the celebrations in the first centenary of Frida's birth. The program includes the theatre work "Frida Kahlo's pain: the double and the mirror", by "El Mirabras" and its Atelier of Flamenco-theatre, that will be played on October 1st and 2nd at the Auditorium Park in Rome. Moreover, on the 4th November, the Real Academy of Spain will host at 4:00 p.m. a round table titled "Frida Kahlo and Mexico of her times" that will conclude at 7:00 p.m. with a competition of customs inspired by Frida.
  June22nd, 2006 - Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz

A look on Mexico in the Forties. This exhibition is based on the pictures of Frida Kahlo and her entourage made by Leo Matiz, young photographer, during his first stay in Mexico (1940-1948) and on his pictures realized at the "Blue House" during his last travel in Mexico in 1998, the last one Don Leo made under the inspiration of Frida Kahlo.

Napoli, galleria FNAC
Via Luca Giordano 59
June 20 - Sept. 20, 2006
  June 22nd, 2006 - "I will never forget you ... Frida Kahlo & Nickolas Muray" in Merano

A sensation in photography and art history: the mostly colored portraits of Frida Kahlo by the New York photographer Nickolas Muray. In the thirties and forties, Muray was Frida Kahlo's lover and confidant. Their joint photographic project generated a wealth of pictures that form a landmark in the history of early color photography. The rare case of a great painter who, maimed by an accident and illness, rises from her body as a photographic model in glowing beauty-the pictures can almost be regarded as performance photos-is documented in 56 color and duo-tone plates.
kunst Meran, Laubengasse Nr. 163, I - 39012 MERANO
July,2 - August,27 2006

  June 2nd, 2006 - "Viva la Vida" by Diane Shaffer at BayStreet Theatre NY

Tony and Oscar award-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl brings to life the Queen of Mexican Modernism, Frida Kahlo . . . celebrating her art, politics and her passions. The human spirit prevails in this stylish and uniquely theatrical experience. Susanna Tubert directs Viva La Vida!, by Diane Shaffer. World Premiere!
Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York
Tuesday July, 18 - Sunday August, 6 2006

  May 25th, 2006 - Kahlo Portrait Sells for $5.62 Million, a Record for Latin Art

The 1943 Frida Kahlo self-portrait, ``Roots,'' sold tonight for $5.62 million at Sotheby's Holdings, Inc. in New York, setting a record as the most expensive Latin American work ever purchased at auction. ``It's absolutely a 10,'' New York dealer Mary-Anne Martin said. ``It's a very complete work from Frida's best years.'' The small oil on metal panel, depicting the Mexican artist as an earth goddess with sinuous vines spilling from her stomach, sold to an unidentified telephone bidder. The painting also becomes the most expensive Kahlo ever sold at auction. The previous Latin American record was held by a 1929 Kahlo ``Self-Portrait'' that fetched $5.1 million at Sotheby's New York in 2000. Prices include buyer's commission. ``Roots'' was featured in the 2002 film ``Frida'' and has appeared in dozens of museum exhibitions.

Read the complete article from Bloomberg.com
  May 21st, 2006 - Frida Kahlo exhibition in Hamburg - Germany

Frida Kahlo has left future generations with a fascinating and puzzling body of work. Artists such as Pablo Picasso and André Breton allowed themselves to be captivated by her subtly encoded symbolism. Following the great success enjoyed by the film version of her life with Salma Hayek in the role of the artist (2002), this exhibition offers the German public the opportunity to experience her work for the first time. The focus will be on the largest private collection of her work from the Museo Dolores Olmedo Patin~o in Xochinilco, Mexico, and will be supplemented by other loans from American and South American collections.

Frida Kahlo
Bucerius Kunst Forum gGmbH, Rathausmarkt 2, 20095 Hamburg
  May 21st, 2006 - Houston collector Marilyn Oshman talks about her Fida's paintng "Roots" on sale at Sotheby's

Roots, one of Frida Kahlo's most memorable self-portraits, has belonged to Houston collector Marilyn Oshman for a quarter century. But Oshman has decided to put it on the auction block. Sotheby's, in New York, predicts that Roots will fetch $5 million to $7 million at its auction next week.
"Someone will get a great painting," said Peter Marzio, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, who speculates that in the current hot market, Roots could in fact bring as much as $14 million. "When we had it on view here, people were just crazy about it."
Roots, from 1943, goes on exhibit at Sotheby's on Saturday and is up for auction Wednesday. One of about 150 paintings and works on paper Kahlo created, it's one of her rare full-body self-portraits. Twelve inches by 20 inches, the oil-on-metal painting shows her lying on her side, her head supported by her right hand. Leafy roots grow out of her body into the rocky ground, symbolically nourishing, and being nourished by, the earth.
"I feel that it was a gift to live with a painting of such magnitude and power for all these years," Oshman said. "It was an emotional decision to sell it, but it's time to let her go."
Carmen Melian, director of Sotheby's Latin American art department, described Roots as "a superb example of the great introspection and beauty in Kahlo's work. It is from the period when her paintings are most finished, when her work is most mature." Though legendary in Mexico, Kahlo wasn't well-known in the United States until 1978, when her work appeared in a traveling overview of 45 paintings, including Roots. The show, organized by Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, stopped at the Blaffer Gallery of the University of Houston. There, Oshman encountered Kahlo's work for the first time. Oshman, whose family founded Oshman's Sporting Goods, served on the board of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from 1969 to 1978. Like other American art lovers at the time, Oshman was familiar with Rivera but knew nothing about Kahlo. "I was blown away by the paintings," she said. None was for sale. Like Rivera's and works of others, the works are considered national patrimony and required special export permits. Roots was one of several paintings on loan at the Blaffer from the Mexico City collection of Dolores Olmedo, a powerful figure in Mexican politics and art. She was one of Rivera's lovers and a trustee of his and Kahlo's estates. Olmedo sold Roots four years later through Mary-Anne Martin, whose New York gallery specialized in Latin American art. Oshman said she paid "five times" what she had paid for any work of art ever before, but nowhere close to its value now.

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April 6th , 2006 - Allegra Fulton plays again Frida in 2007

"Frida K." play celebrates the triumph of Kahlos experience and her creative transmutation of that pain into beauty. This solo exhibition by Gloria Montero, starring her daughter Allegra Fulton, is scheduled at the NAC theatre in Ottawa from January 9 to 29, 2007.
"My mother gave me the play for my birthday. I don't know what else you do when your mother gives you a play --- I had to do it. We started at the Toronto Fringe Festival and it just grew from there. It's become a really interesting journey as it keeps changing in each incarnation. You learn a lot from playing in different cultures. First in Canada, where very few people had ever heard of her. Then in New York City where many people knew her work and where she was attaining something like a pop icon status in some artistic and feminist circles. And then, of course, playing her in Mexico was intriguing, if not a bit frightening at first. But they received it so well, which I wasnt quite prepared for. It's funny in Mexico a Spanish-language version of The Belle of Amherst was playing at the same time, it reminded me how art can successfully cross borders of culture and language." Allegra Fulton
Ten years after the original production, the dynamic Allegra Fulton revives the role of a lifetime. In celebration of the centenary of Frida Kahlos birth, this coproduction with Go Diva Productions Inc.(Los Angeles) and the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) pays tribute to an artist who brought to the world of international painting the face and reality of womens experience.
By Gloria Montero (a Torontonian in Barcelona) | Starring Allegra Fulton Directed by Peter Hinton | Set and Costume Design by Ken Garnhum | Lighting Design by Bonnie Beecher | Sound Design by Troy Slocum

Further info about the centenary of Frida's birth in my "Frida cult" page
Further info about the play in my "Theater" page

  April 6th, 2006 - "Frida Kahlo" by Ruben Amavicza returns

Frida Kahlo, the famous play written and directed by Ruben Amavizca, will be played at the Frida Kahlo Theater, 2332 West 4th St., Los Angeles from April 17 through May 11, 2006
This Grupo de Teatro Sinergia play is a Kahlo-eidoscope of images analyzing the person behind the artist, the woman, the political activist, the passionate lover, the wife and the legend behind one of the most fascinating women in history.

  February 22nd, 2006 - Frida by Patrice van Ramshorst in Maastricht

As extra activity inside the World Music Theatre Festival , from 8 March to 2 April 2006, there is an exposition of portraits, collages and objects by Patrice van Ramshorst in the reception areas of Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, Belgium.
Her paintings are inspired by Frida's life and work, and by the magic, rituals, symbolism and worldliness in which she feels at home. The work is mainly figurative and focuses on people; often women, with their power, pride, vulnerability, vitality and resilience.
You can see the exposition free of charge during Theater aan het Vrijthof's box office opening hours (Mon - Sat, from 12.00 to 18.00) and during performances (on production of a theatre ticket).

See my page dedicated to Patrice van Ramshorst
  February 21st, 2006 - "Frida Kahlo" at the World Music Theatre Festival in Europe

The fifth edition of the World Music Theatre Festival is taking place from 9 March until 20 April 2006. Renowned theatre makers and companies from Mexico, Kenya, Morocco, Brazil and Korea have been commissioned by the World Music Theatre Festival to create new work or a new version of earlier work. They will be showing international music theatre, with four world premieres and one European premiere, in 23 large theatres in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
Taking place on 9 March is the world premiere of the Mexican music theatre production 'Frida Kahlo'. Frida Kahlo, a totally new production of the Mexico City company Teatro del Farfullero, is full of contemporary music and dancing, giving a powerful rendition of the alluring Son, the traditional Mexican Blues.
Teatro del Farfullero is a new, young and upcoming group of theatre makers, actors and musicians, who, fully dedicated, present a new view on Frida Kahlo. They also present the first (!) Mexican production about her. The music is composed by Federico Márquez Padilla,one of Mexico's leading contemporary composers. He has joined forces with playwright and scriptwriter Ximena Escalante. Mauricio Garcia Lozano, one of the most talented directors in current Mexico, is directing this production.
  February 10th , 2006 - Frida Kahlo by photographer Leo Matiz in Melbourne

On the occasion of the Third International Conference of Young Sicilians, the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne, will host the photographic exhibition La Passione di Frida. A joint project of the Museum of Bagheria, Sicily, and the Leo Matiz Foundation, the works have been realized by noted photographer Leo Matiz. Matiz was born in Macondo, Columbia. He has travelled the world, lived intensely and immortalized the faces of an era, including that of Frida Kahlo. Depicted with severe, determined, and unflinching expressions, Matiz interprets the internal passion and energy of the artist. This is achieved by focusing on details such as a gesture, the position of a hand, and a distant stare. The event will consist of an introduction to Leo Matiz by his daughter Alejandra Matiz, and the official opening of the exhibition which will be followed by a light refreshment.
February 23rd - March 1st at Italian Institute of Culture, 233 Domain Road, Souh Yarra - Melbourne Australia
  February 5th 2006 - Kahlo and Rivera in upcoming show in Santa Fe - New Mexico

"Mexican Modern: Masters of the 20th Century", an exhibit of paintings and photographs from the golden age of Mexican Modernism (1920 to 1960) will open at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe on May 28 and run through Sept. 3. The show will feature works by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozoco, Rufino Tamayo, Tina Modotti and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. The exhibit is being assembled by staff at the Collection Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City and will be shown at no other venues. The Museum of New Mexico Press will publish an exhibition catalog with essays by Luis-Martin Lozano, and David Craven, professor of art history at The University of New Mexico.
  February 4th 2006 - Frida Kahlo self-portrait is to be auctioned off in New York

The 1943 Kahlo self-portrait, titled Roots, shows her lying in a barren land, with roots and vines spilling from her stomach. Sotheby's will sell the painting, from an unnamed North American collector, on May 24. The auction house estimates its sale price could top $5 million US.
The work was inspired by Kahlo's reunion with Mexican painter Diego Rivera, with whom she had a tempestuous marriage. If the sale price tops $5.1 million US, it would be the top price paid for a work by a woman artist.
  February 3rd 2006 - The Olmedo Platino collection in show in Lisbon - Portugal

Many of the paintings and photographs belonging to the Dolores Olmedo Platino Museum will be shown at the Cultural Centre of Belem from 24 Feb. to 21 May 2006.
Cultural Centre de Belem , Praca do Impero, 1499-003 LISBON
Complete information at the exhibition site