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ENTERTAINMENT

A National Treasure

 
 

The Faberge Museum is staging a major retrospective of Frida Kahlo, featuring all the works by the celebrated artist permitted to be shown outside her native Mexico.

Despite her status as an internationally recognized artist, no large-scale retrospective has previously been held in Russia. The fact is that most works by Frida Kahlo, who is acclaimed as a national treasure, are not only prohibited to be taken out of Mexico but cannot even be moved around within the country. So this exhibition — “Frida Kahlo. Painting and Graphic Art from Collections in Mexico” — is an event of truly international importance. It comprises 34 of Kahlo’s works — paintings, drawings and lithographs from the Dolores Olmedo Museum, the Arvil Gallery and the private collection of Juan Coronel Rivera, Diego Rivera’s grandson. They include such famous pictures as “The Broken Column” (a composite image of her physical and mental suffering), “Portrait of Dona Rosita Morillo” (Kahlo considered it to be one of her best works) and “Henry Ford Hospital” (a frank depiction of her personal tragedy which was revolutionary both for her Catholic patriarchal country and for art before the 1970s). The display is complemented by more than a hundred photographs recording various periods of the artist’s life and traditional Mexican costumes similar to those she liked to wear.

 

 

Looking at Frida Kahlo’s works it is hard to believe that she had no formal art education and took up painting quite by chance. She was confined to bed for a long time after a serious accident in 1925 and her father, in an attempt to amuse and support his daughter, made her an easel and fastened a mirror to her bed. That is why Frida’s first work was a self-portrait, and it became her principal genre. Her self-portraits, full of complex symbols and hidden meanings but still not losing the candour of her opinions, changed the genre forever. She replaced the conventional solemn representation with the attributes of the profession — brushes and paints —with a narrative about physical pain and mental torments.

 

The exhibition will continue until 30 April, but before visiting it a few important factors must be borne in mind. Since Frida Kahlo’s paintings are very difficult to interpret, tragic and naturalistic, the exhibition is recommended only for those over 18. Group tours in the museum have been cancelled, but guides are always on hand to answer any questions. No more than 2,000 tickets will be sold on any one day. Tickets can be purchased on the Faberge Museum website after choosing the date of your visit. The ticket office will sell tickets only for the same day.

www.fabergemuseum.ru

Magazine
Where St.Petersburg

November 2018



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