Summer 2015: ten years since Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was last acclaimed in New York City.
The exhibition Garden, Life (May 26 – Nov 1st 2015) exclusively tackles Frida Kahlo’s love of nature.
The artist’s Casa Azul (her famous cobalt blue studio) and garden were re-created at the New York Botanical Garden for the Frida Khalo’s ‘Art in New York.
Interested in knowing more about fascinating artist Frida Kahlo? A great article, ‘Life in Full Bloom’, was published in July 2015 on Biography.com – our best extracts below.
‘Kahlo lived most of her life in her family home, located in Coyoacán, on the outskirts of Mexico City. Her father had purchased it in 1904; it was a single-story building with a central courtyard. After Kahlo and the famous muralist Diego Rivera married in 1929, the couple lived together in this house and decorated it with the Mexican art and antiques that they both loved. […]
Since 1958, Kahlo’s home has been open to the public as the Museo Frida Kahlo and is one of Mexico City’s most popular sites. However, even if you’re not able to travel to Mexico this summer, there’s a way to sample one of the Museo’s greatest pleasures. For the exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” a team of scholars and horticulturalists has recreated elements of Kahlo’s garden in a conservatory setting at the New York Botanical Garden.
The exhibit centers around a courtyard modeled after the one in Kahlo’s house, with walls painted in the exact blue shade that gave her home its nickname of “Casa Azul” (“Blue House”). Along the walls and pathways, and around fountains and water pools, Kahlo’s inventive plantings of trees, shrubs and flowers have been replicated for visitors to enjoy.
A focal point of the Casa Azul’s garden, reconstructed for this show, is a tiered pyramid painted in bright colors. The original pyramid, inspired by ancient Aztec structures, was built to showcase Rivera’s collection of pre-Hispanic sculptures and other decorative objects. Rivera and Kahlo shared a strong sense of nationalism and wanted to revive Mexico’s indigenous culture, looking back to the time before Spanish colonization. The Botanical Garden’s version of their pyramid displays a variety of potted cacti and flowers, all native to Mexico. […]
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