From tomorrow on you will have the chance to take a look on some of 20th century art by celebrated Mexican artist Frieda Kahlo (1907 – 1954).
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón became famous not only by her art, where she combined traditional Mexican culture with her personal emotional state of mind, but also through her turbulent life. Suffering from physical pain since she was a young girl as the consequences of polio and a terrible bus accident, she later married distinguished painter Diego Rivera who encouraged her artistic career. The bisexual Frieda and husband Diego had to deal with both sided multiple extramarital affairs that added some more personal stress by the creation of emotional wounds. The couple was also politically active being involved in the Marxist movement where Kahlo was even able to support Leo Trotsky (of course not only platonically) when he and his wife were in exile in Mexico.
Kahlo used some of her painful personal events as multiple surgeries, miscarriage and infidelity as a source of artistic inspiration together with political and cultural awareness. The use of vibrant colors, nature and animals translates into an extroverted surrealistic style.
The Frieda Kahlo exhibition will be showcased at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin until August, where the audience is invited to indulge in some of her most beautiful paintings accompanied by pictures courtesy of family and friends.
(Frieda Kahlo, Self-portray with monkey, 1938)