7 facts about Frida Kahlo exhibition that will change your picture of the world

Her works are decorated with a Mexican banknote and a US postage stamp, and the originals are worth millions of dollars. Therefore, the collection, which was brought to St. Petersburg, is truly priceless! Indeed, at the exhibition “Frida Kahlo. Painting and drawing from the collections of Mexico ”in the Faberge Museum presents 35 works by the famous artist at once.

In Russia, such a large-scale exhibition is held for the first time.

From February 3 to April 30, anyone who turned 18 will be able to see inFaberge Museumnot only major hits, but far more rarely exhibited works by eccentric Mexicans. These are paintings, drawings, lithographs, including the famous “Broken Column”, “Self-Portrait with a Monkey”, “Portrait of Dona Rosita Morio” and “Henry Ford Hospital”, and more than a hundred photographs highlighting different periods of the artist’s life, and Mexican folk costumes, similar to those that Frida so loved to wear.

Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
"Self-portrait with a monkey", 1945
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives
Broken Column, 1944
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives
Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 and lived 47 years: she was gone July 13, 1954
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives
Frida works on the portrait of her father Guillermo Calo, 1951
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives
Friede Kahlo, six years old, 1913
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives

Career artist began after the accident

The girl who dreamed of being a doctor was 18 years old when her life was divided into “before” and “after”. Multiple fractures of the spine, collarbone, pelvis, legs, and mutilated internal organs - this is the sad result of the collision of a tram and bus, in which Frida Kahlo was riding on September 17, 1925. “Death danced around my bed that day,” the artist later wrote in her diary.

Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Frida Kahlo on a banner, 1940
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives
“Without Hope”, 1945
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives
Henry Ford Hospital, 1932
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives

For a year Kahlo was bedridden. It was then that she asked her father for paint and brush. A subframe was built especially for Frida, which allows him to write lying down, and a huge mirror was attached under the canopy of the bed so that Frida could see herself. Not surprisingly, her first picture was a self-portrait.

Cripple - not a hindrance to love

Despite serious health problems, Frida Kahlo led a very stormy personal life. Her husband was recognized by the Mexican painter Diego Rivera, who was 21 years older. Alas, the famous husband did not differ sentimentality and cheated Frida right and left, once even seduced her sister Christina. However, Freda did not remain in debt. Even the Soviet politician Leon Trotsky, who fled to Mexico in 1937 from the persecution of Stalin, could not resist her charms.

Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Diego and Frida, 1929
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera on their wedding day, August 21, 1929
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, 1931
Photo: Dolores Olmedo Museum Archives

Frida was an avid animal lover.

The artist adored naked Mexican dogs Soloitzcuintle. And her favorite parrot, nicknamed Bonito, loved to sleep with her and stole oil from the dinner table. Representatives of the animal world often made Frieda company in her paintings.

At the same time, the artist invested her special meaning in their images: for example, the monkey from the famous self-portrait was not a symbol of lust for her, as is customary in the European artistic tradition, but a selfless friend who had replaced the child, which Kalo never had. After the accident, she lost the ability to conceive and carry out the baby.

Faberge Museum: Frida Kahlo Exhibition
The Chicken, 1945


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