Frida Kahlo Exhibitions in Italy

Frida Kahlo – exhibition from20 March to 31 August 2014 at the Scuderie del Quirinale (via XXIV maggio 16, I – 00186) in Rome curated by Helga Prignitz-Poda.
The exhibition explores Frida Kahlo’s artistic career from start to finish, bringing together her works from public and private collections in Mexico, Europe and the United States: over forty portraits and self-portraits, including her „Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird“ painted in 1940 and her „Self-portrait Wearing a Velvet Dress“ 1926, recalling the aesthetic of Parmigianino and of Modigliani.
The exhibition is rounded off by a selection of drawings including the sketch for the “Henry Ford Hospital” dated 1932, the famous Plaster Corset in which Frida was entrapped from 1950, the difficult years of her illness. And finally, a selection of photographs, in particular those produced by Nickolas Muray including Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939.
Thus the overriding theme of the exhibition is the self-depiction which Frida developed by resorting to the artistic vocabulary of various different eras.
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born in Coyoacán (Mexico City) on 6 July 1907. Her paintings do not simply reflect her own life, marked by the terrible accident at the age of seventeen. Her art is fused with the history and spirit of her world, reflecting the social and cultural changes that led up to the Revolution. Giving free rein to her rebellious spirit, she reassessed the native past and
traditions of Mexican folklore, the imagination, the colours and the symbols of Mexican popular culture.
In association with Frida Kahlo’s work the exhibition hosts a selection of work by artists active at the time who “lived” both physically and artistically in Frida Kahlo’s entourage, ranging from her husband Diego Rivera, to a selection of artists active at the time such as José Clemente Orozco, José David Alfaro Siqueiros, Maria Izquierdo and others.
The exhibition Frida Kahlo is part of a project promoted by Roma Capitale and the City of Genoa: the exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale explores the art of Frida Kahlo and her ties with the artistic movements of her time, from Mexican Modernism to international Surrealism, analysing their influence on her work. The show Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, due to run from 20 September 2014 to 15 February 2015, carries on the story, taking an in-depth look at Frida’s private life with her husband Diego Rivera, in a relationship that was to have a huge impact on her art.
See more at: http://english.scuderiequirinale.it/categorie/exhibition-frida-kahlo

Frida Kahlo: Self-Portrait with Tehuana, 1943 © The Vergel Foundation, Collezione Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Città del Messico, by SIAE 2014
Frida Kahlo: Self-Portrait with Tehuana, 1943 © The Vergel Foundation, Collezione Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Città del Messico, by SIAE 2014
Frida Kahlo: Self portrait with Velvet Dress, 1926 © García Formentí y Asociados Arquitectos S.C, Città del Messico, by SIAE 2014
Frida Kahlo: Self portrait with Velvet Dress, 1926 © García Formentí y Asociados Arquitectos S.C, Città del Messico, by SIAE 2014
Frida Kahlo, self Portrait with Monkeys, 1943 The Vergel Foundation, Collezione Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Città del Messico, by SIAE 2014
Frida Kahlo, self Portrait with Monkeys, 1943 The Vergel Foundation, Collezione Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Città del Messico, by SIAE 2014
Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns, 1940 © Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Center - The University of Texas at Austin, by SIAE 2014
Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns, 1940
© Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Center – The University of Texas at Austin, by SIAE 2014

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