Mexico celebrates the artist’s birthday with an exhibition of the work she did after traveling the world.
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo, one of the most renowned Latin American painters of the last century and a key figure in the success of Mexico’s art, was born in Mexico City on July 6th 1907. On the day of her 110th birthday, the country commemorates her with an exhibition of her work.
After a long and successful tour around the world, the work of Mexico’s most prominent painter returns with an exhibition called: Me pinto a mí misma, which will be available to visit from this Thursday at the Dolores Olmedo Museum, located south of the country’s capital.
With a total of 36 pieces, the exhibit includes portraits, self-portraits, drawings and photographs that reflect the process that the artist went through between 1907 to 1954, when she became an important figure in the art world.
“I paint myself because I am the subject I know best.” With this quote by Kahlo, the head of collections at the Mexican museum, Josefina García, states that the exhibit aims to express a different discourse and museography to show the public the way in which Frida’s image was built, not only in regards to her character and persona, but to her work.
Carlos Phillips Olmedo, head of the museum, commented during a press conference that Kahlo has “transcended borders and her work competes with the work of Italian artists, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso or Vincent van Gogh over highly successful exhibitions; and, when it comes to Mexican art, only Kahlo’s work is comparable to preHispanic art samples.”
Olmedo also assured that he is working alongside different institutions to bring Frida Kahlo’s work to Italy, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, Singapore and Uruguay. The Museum of Culture in Milan will be the first to receive the work of the Mexican artist during the first semester of 2018.
Among her most valued pieces there is a drawing that Frida gave to Mexican artist, Dolores del Río, and the back of the oil painting Retrato de la Niña Virginia, which allowed her to sketch Autorretrato con aeroplano in 1929.
This last piece is also known as Tiempo vuela and in 2000 it broke the record on the highest grossing Latin American painting to be auctioned at Sotheby’s, reaching a price of 5 million dollars.
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