Looking for Frida Kahlo? Top 5 places to scout for her memory
Frida Kahlo, a famous artist that was able to portrait mexican art and culture, has the world record of the best sold piece of latinamerican art. It was sold for 5.6 million USD by Sotheby’s in New York City. Rumor has it that it was sold by phone by an unidentified person. Some people say that the buyer was Madonna, who is known to be a great admirer of the mexican artist, and is the proud owner of 2 pieces by Frida: Mi nacimiento -1932-, Autorretrato con chango -1938- y Raíces -1943.
There’s also a Frida Legacy kept by some museums worldwide, where her fans can find her paintings and self portraits. Her main topics are female exploration, both sexual and emotional. Here’s a list of the main hotspots where you can find her pieces:
Museo Frida Kahlo (La Casa Azul)
If you are looking to understand and connect in an emotional level with Frida, her life and her art, there’s no better place than the Museo Frida Kahlo at Mexico City. The museum was actually her home for most of her life. The pieces that are exhibited here are maybe less acquainted in the art world, but have a special meaning. They represent Frida’s work at the time where she was more involved with the communist movement, at the sunset of her life. Besides her artwork, you may also find here paintings by Diego Rivera, her partner, as well as keepsakes and letters that belonged to her.
Museo Dolores Olmedo
This museum, also located in Mexico City, was founded by Dolores Olmedo, who donated her personal collection – that had her main inspiration in Mexico, as a theme – and placed together Works from different artists, mexican states and different eras. From precolombian artists to contemporary ones, this collection has a DNA of her own. The museum actually keeps 25 paintings by Frida, as well as some drafts and drawings.
Frida Kahlo “has surpassed colonial frontiers and her work is compared to the one realized by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso or Vincent van Gogh. All of them are a complete success every time they make an exhibit. In the specific case of Mexican art, Frida’s exhibits can only be compared in their success to those of prehispanic art”. Those were the words of Carlos Phillips Olmedo, in a recent press reléase. Philips Olmedo is the Director of the Dolores Olmedo museum. He talked to the media to promote the next big exhibition of the museum. “Me pinto a mí misma” exhibit will be in the museum starting July 6th at the Dolores Olmedo Museum.
The museum will exhibit more than 36 works of art by the author. These include portraits, self-portraits, paintings and photographies by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), whose work has slowly become a leader in art exploration as expression of someone’s self inner world. This exhibit will be presented for three months, after some of the pieces that will be shown were exhibited in the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburgh (Rusia), the Seoul Art Center and the Dalu Museum in Florida, US.
Museo de Arte Moderno
The Museo de Arte Moderno is specialized in Mexican Art from the XX century. With more than 300 pieces in their collection, amongst which, you can find the piece named Las Dos Fridas, one of Frida’s most famous paintings.
Modern Art Museum of New York (MoMa)
This museum keeps an impressive collection of contemporary and modern pieces, as well as three of Frida’s self-potraits. Amongst them, Fulang-Chang y yo (Being Fulang-Chang the author’s pet). This painting was given as a gift to Frida’s close friend Mary Sklar. This is the reason why this painting has a mirror attached to it, so that Mary’s reflection would always be besides her.
National Museum of Women in Arts.
The Museo Nacional de las Mujeres en las Artes in Washington D.C. is home to the self portrait that Kahlo dedicated to her close friend Leon Trotsky. The artist fought in favor of communism, promoting the adoption of the policital regime by Mexico. Thanks to her wide work, Frida Kahlo is one of the very few women that can exhibit her work in this museum.
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Information from Elizabeth Lee and Claudia Aguilar