Surrounding Kahlo: Works from the Permanent Collection

Undoubtedly, the visage of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) has become the most instantly recognizable of all artists across time. Since her popularization in the 1980s, she has been the subject of books, movies, an opera and a great deal of visual art created by others who have been moved by her paintings and life story. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, this exhibit explores works inspired by Frida Kahlo; the work of her students, known as “Los Fridos” who learned from and surrounded her while she recovered at home in La Casa Azul; as well as familiar items that Kahlo chose to surround herself with such as arte popular, Mesoamerican artifacts and traditional clothing from her beloved Mexico.

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) es la artista más reconocible al instante de todos los tiempos. Desde que su imagen se popularizó en los años ochentas, Frida ha sido el tema de libros, películas, una opera y una gran cantidad de arte visual creado por otros artistas que han sido conmovidos por sus pinturas y su vida. Extraída enteramente de la Colección Permanente del Museo, esta exposición explora obras inspiradas por Frida Kahlo; las obras de sus estudiantes conocidos como “Los Fridos”, quienes aprendieron y convivieron con ella mientras se recuperaba en su hogar “La casa azul”; así como con objetos familiares con los que Frida se rodeaba, tal como arte popular, utensilios mesoamericanos y el vestuario tradicional  de su México querido.

Curated by Rebecca D. Meyers

Join us September 3, Thursday Night After Dark curator gallery talk at 6:00pm

Image: Ester Hernández, If This Is Death, I Like It (Si esto es la muerte, me gusta), 1991, serigraph / serigrafía, 11/70, 34 5/8” x 28 1/8” (paper size), National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 1993.14, Museum Purchase Fund, photo credit: Kathleen Culbert-Aguilar

Funded by:

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Park District
Illinois Arts Council Agency

Official Airline:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 to Sunday, October 11, 2020