The Frida Kahlo Museum, which is referred to as the Museo Frida Kahlo in Spanish, is devoted to the work of the world-renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo’s work mainly depicted the pain that she felt after suffering in a car accident, as well as her relationship with her artist husband Diego Rivera. The exceptional pieces of art displayed at the Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico are popular throughout Latin America and the rest of the world. Her personal strength and character shines through in every one of her paintings.
Frida Kahlo was born in 1910 in a little blue colonial
style house, which is now the Museo Frida Kahlo. As a
child, Kahlo was surrounded by interesting pre-Columbian
art and cheerful tropical plants, which is said to have
influenced her work as an adult. She lived in the house
with Diego Rivera, whose murals are displayed at the Palacio
National in the Mexico City Zocalo, or Central Square.
The rooms of the blue Museo Frida Kahlo hold artwork by
Frida Kahlo as well as mementos that provide a glimpse
into the life she led. One of the most fascinating rooms
of the house is the upstairs studio which contains books,
photographs, brushes, pallets, easels, and partially finished
paintings. Much of the 2002 hit movie Frida was
filmed in the Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico.
Kahlo’s paintings were most influenced by the
indigenous Mexican culture with its use of bright colors
and symbolism. She also created abstract portraits of
herself and her husband Diego Rivera. She often included
symbolic animals as well as traditional Christian and
Jewish themes. Although she was a well known artist in
her neighborhood, it wasn’t until a year before
her death in 1954 that she had a solo exhibition in Mexico
City. Like most great artists and scientists, Kahlo’s
work wasn’t fully appreciated until after her death.
The Hollywood movie Frida popularized the artist’s
work even more.
Many of the rooms of the Frida Kahlo Museum contain figurines from the Mayan ruins Tlatelolco and Teotihuacan as well as a collection of pre-Columbian art the couple collected. The garden near the house has a miniature temple that Kahlo had built to display her statues. The couple even collected skulls from the Mayan ruins Chichen Itza.
The Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico also contains a small
café serving light refreshments as well as a bookstore
and gift shop. The Frida Kahlo Museum is located in Coyoacan,
a suburb right outside of Mexico City that is easily accessible
by train, bus, or taxi.