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Frida Kahlo returns to Mexico

Coming from Medellin, Colombia, the Frida Kahlo – Her Photos exhibition continues travelling through North America and is being hosted by Casa Chihuahua – Cultural Heritage Center since October 10, 2019, where it will remain until January 5, 2020. In just over one month, the exhibition welcomed almost 18,000 people, becoming once again a success. This is the second time the exhibition returns to Mexico, after being hosted in 2015 by the Tijuana Cultural Center. Its first presentation took place in 2009 at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico, the artist’s home country.

When we look at Frida Kahlo’s photographic collection, it becomes evident the artist’s interest in this form of art. The photographs she collected throughout her life were cherished by her, and kept as memories of her identity, her lovers and friends, as well as work tools. Frida became aware of photography from an early age, thanks to the influence of her father, who was a photographer, and it continued to be present throughout her life thanks to the many photographers she was acquainted with, such as Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Nickolas Muray, Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, among many others.

The exhibition, a selection of 241 photographs from her personal collection, reveals a woman ahead of her time and allows us to take a glimpse into her intimacy and the interesting times she lived in in a post-revolutionary Mexico that artists and intellectuals from all over the world wanted to visit. The collection is considered by the curator of the exhibition, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, to be a true “treasure”, which has remained hidden as a “sleeping beauty”, brought back to life by the current director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Hilda Trujillo.

Photographs from the opening ©Casa Chihuahua Centro de Patrimonio Cultural