Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up – V&A Exhibition

Locked away for 50 years after her death – The Victoria and Albert Museum exhibits personal items belonging to the Mexican feminist icon, never seen before outside of Mexico, bringing a whole new understanding into Frida Kahlo’s tragic, but incredibly courageous, life.

Kahlo was a revolutionary and passionate artist. When she died in 1954 her husband, Diego Rivera, locked up her belongings in a room in their home Casa Azul in Mexico City and demanded that it not be opened until after his death. Now her most intimate belongings are sitting in the V&A for the whole world to see.

If you’re hoping to come across Kahlo’s copious works of art, think again. This exhibition delves into the artist herself, showcasing her prosthetic leg, painted corsets and body casts, doctor’s notes and even a facsimile of her diary – and a room full of her clothes ringed by photographs of her wearing them.

One might ask if Kahlo would want us, 64 years after her death, to have such a close insight into her life? Or perhaps after a life-time of painting her inner self and the injury-ridden constraints she faced, she always wanted the world to know her pain?  Either way, there’s no doubt that Frida Kahlo was ahead of her time – making her one of the most compelling artists of our time.

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Frida Kahlo:  Making Herself Up – at The V&A London until Sunday 4 November 2018.  To book click here

From the V&A London to the new V&A Dundee:  we can’t wait to see The Scottish Design Galleries at the stunning new V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, which opened this week.  Then we have our eyes set on Braemar, where the most exciting new hotel in the country, The Fife Arms, opens in December.

For more information in V&A Dundee click here

For more on The Fife Arms click here

 

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