Frida Kahlo: Art – Garden – Life
May 16 – Nov 1
2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10458
Open Tues. – Sun. 10 AM – 6 PM
The NY Botanical Garden is currently exhibiting Frida Kahlo in a light that has never been seen before. This is the first time that an exhibit has been dedicated to Frida that has discussed her appreciation for nature, home & garden, and plant imagery in her artwork. This exhibit displays 14 original Kahlo works, and replicates Kahlo’s garden & studio at the Casa Azul in Mexico City.
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter, best known for her self portraits. She redefined beauty with her signature unibrow and moustache. Her work has been praised by feminists everywhere as she never conformed to society’s beauty standards. Her portraits often have emblems of Mexican & Amerindian culture with a surrealist influence. Because of longstanding health issues due to a traffic accident, she was a very isolated woman, which counts for the majority of self-portraits. She once stated, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” She was also famously known for being married to Mexican artist, Diego Rivera.
“When we learned about Kahlo as a truly sophisticated gardener, who also happened to be a great artist and cultural icon, we were blown away,” said Todd Forrest, the botanical garden’s vice president for horticulture and living collections.
To accompany the exhibit, there are lectures, “Frida al Fresco” evenings, Mexican-inspired shopping and dining experiences, and hands-on activities for children.
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