Italy surrenders to the art of Frida Kahlo in a major retrospective held in Rome

"Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace" painted in the '40s and provided by the University of Texas. Photo: CONACULTA
Mexico City, June 9 (HOWEVER) -. The magna sample of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in Rome is causing a real furor. There are already 175 thousand people visited the exhibition consists of 160 pieces of disputed authorship such as perennial artist.

This is the largest retrospective of Mexican painter in the Italian capital, with works like "Self Portrait with Velvet Dress" and takes place in The Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, where he opened last March 18.

The "fever Frida" in Europe has also nest in Berlin where Gisèle Freund presents a series specifically devoted to Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, whom the German photographer was very friendly.

The exhibition "Gisèle Freund: photographic portraits and scenes" (May 23 to August 10 at the Academy of Arts Berlin) collects first Freund 280 photos digitally restored with its original color processed.

Freund (1908-2000) portrayed color and almost always in the privacy of their homes to writers, artists and philosophers such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir, in addition to Kahlo and Rivera, with whom he maintained a close friendship, dpa reported.


Unwittingly, both samples make up a different profile than usual Frida Kahlo in the Old Continent, and took the female prisoner cliché lifelong suffering and unfortunate protagonist of a life full of obstacles, to make it known in all its glory, both artistic personally.

"Diego in my thoughts." Photo: CONACULTA
A trend that according to historian Victor Garcia Diaz Arciniega was taking shape in recent years. "The plastic qualities of his work have been imposed and recognized as exemplary by the sincerity of the aesthetic search and expressive vitality of his subjects, without this being a biography marked by pain and lust for life is obviated" he wrote in his text "Frida Kahlo, die to live" read during Fridianas Conference in 2007. 

It is precisely what highlights Italian media referring to the exhibition of Mexican Quirinale, where the curator Helga Prignitz Pruning boasts of making public view the artwork from the most important public and private collections in Mexico, Europe and the United States account for a vital and dedicated artist. There are over 40 portraits and self-portraits, including the famous "Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace" painted in the '40s and provided by the University of Texas.

"Self Portrait with Monkeys", "Diego on my mind", "bed", "Landscape", "The cup", "Two self-portraits", "Pancho Villa" and "La Adelita", among many others, are not only a mirror their experiences marked by the terrible accident he suffered at age 17, but also reflect the social and cultural transformation that brought the Mexican Revolution. 

Frida Kahlo retratada by Gisèle Freund. Photo: Special
"Close to his death, the emphasis of their evaluation focused almost exclusively on the heroic, moral and ideological features of Frida; his biography and all his marriage to Diego Rivera had features of myth. Over time and despite the burden of multiple adhesions, as some purists claim-the pictorial work of our artist has been showing the essential vitality of authentic aesthetic research that originates and characterized, "wrote Victor Garcia Diaz Arciniega. 

In Rome, a city full of museums with works by famous artists, Frida Kahlo makes history by becoming the only Latin American artist capable of causing much interest among the Italian public. 


As part of the exhibition which runs until next August 31, the area of ​​Museum Education Service conducts the Art Laboratory Project in which children participate in the recreation of the everyday world with which the painter had contact.

Kids get close to Frida Kahlo. Photo: CONACULTA
The workshops are held at the Azienda Speciale Palexpo Exhibition Palace of the Museum of Scuderie The Quirinale, by art teacher Chiara Bandi. 

"It encourages younger children to create the huipil. As jices tailors armed with small, children and children emphasize on the textures and weave garments carrying former and current meanings, "she said in an interview with the press department of CONACULTA. 

"The older children work with larger colored fabrics, ribbons, lace and long skirts rustling. Following the images of Frida, the "amazing clothes" worn by the artist reinterpreted. Clothing, accessories, jewelry and hairstyles that do not have a goal of complacency for her, but they represent a deep bond between the artist and the Mexican tradition and culture, "he remarked.



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