The exhibition of Frida Kahlo at the Mudec, Milan
This 2018 opens with an exceptional event in Milan: The exhibition of Frida Kahlo at the Mudec, located in via Tortona 56, “Oltre il mito”, from the 1st of February to the 3rd of June.
For the first time in Italy it will be possible to admire some of the artworks coming from two of the main collections of the artist: the one of the Museum Dolores Olmedo, with suffered and heartfelt major works, and the one belonging to Jacques and Natasha Gelman, with the more personal self-portraits.
So who is Frida?
Frida, nonconformist woman, rebel and politically engaged, was born in Mexico City in 1907, even if she preferred to say she was born in 1910, year of the Mexican revolution. Even if raised in a wealthy family, she didn’t have an easy life when she was a kid, due to her pathology of spina bifida and the tragic bus accident in 1925, where she broke most of her bones, ending up blocked in bed for a long time. Nevertheless, exactly because of this accident, Frida explored her artistic talent, dedicating her existence to painting, starting in particular with her self-portraits, since her image was the only thing she could actually really see.
Once recovered form the accident, Frida decided to show her works to the painting genius, Diego Rivera, that became first her mentor, and then also her husband, starting her effective artistic presence on the national scene. Theirs was a troubled love, defining profoundly Frida’s artistic life, due to the betrayals on both sides. Despite all the difficulties, Frida managed to live her life to its fullest, establishing herself also on the political scene, becoming a great heroine of the Mexican history. The artist died at 47, after confirming herself on the global scene, but her fame didn’t stop growing, keeping on rising after her death.