EXHIBITION: Frida Kahlo at MOLAA

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LOS ANGELES, CA — The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is honored to be the only West Coast venue for the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Her Photos, which presents over 200 images from Frida Kahlo’s personal Casa Azul archive in Mexico City. The photos offer insight into Frida’s daily life, showing her with family, friends and at work painting. They provide a stark contrast to the collective image of Kahlo that has been largely generated by her self-portraits. The exhibition is not intended to biographically chart Kahlo’s life, but rather to explore how photography played an important role in shaping and documenting her personal experiences.

Divided into six sections, Her Parents: Guillermo and Matilde, La Casa Azul, The Broken Body, Amores, Photography and Diego’s Gaze, the exhibition includes images of Frida, by Frida, and for Frida. Represented here are a wide range of photographs that shed light on a more personal side of Frida’s life, from family photographs, both traditional portraits and candid shots at the Casa Azul, to mementos of pain and love, as well as images depicting her interests and associations from the artistic, intellectual and political circles that were such an important part of her world.

Included in the exhibition are images by Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Man Ray, Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, among others. In the words of exhibition curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, “This holding clearly reflects the interests that Frida had throughout her tumultuous life: her family, her fascination with Diego and her other loved ones, the broken body and medical science, her friends and some enemies, the political struggle and art, indigenous communities and the pre‐Columbian past—all shrouded in the great passion she had for Mexico and all things Mexican.” Frida, Her Photos, is an exhibition by Museo Frida Kahlo – Casa Azul/ Museo Diego Rivera, Banco de México fiduciary of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums trust.                             

The exhibition opens to the public on March 16 until June 8, 2014 at the Museum of Latin American Art – MOLAA


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