This was probably the most meaningful exhibitions I have ever seen.
As some of you may know, I am an avid fan of Frida, ever since my Aunt and first Art Teacher, Boo Ehrsam, showed her two me when I was but a wee child.
Naturally, I was completely awestruck at these bizarre, beautiful works. When my Mom came to pick me up from class, I immediately ask her to tell me all about this crazy Mexican woman I had just discovered. (And thus, my Mom had to learn how to explain Frida to a 6 year old...)
I have been waiting a very long time to see her works in person, and am thrilled that my Belgian visit was timed just right.
Frida Kahlo is an all-around inspiration to me, being a thoroughly successful female artists, and having one of the most intriguing, tragic, and adventurous lives. I trust that you have all seen the Frida Movie, staring the beautiful Selma Hayek, so you must surely be familiar with her life (the movie is a rather accurate portrayal) so I will spare you from an incredibly verbose biography (I could go on for days). Instead I will share with you some (almost all) of the pieces from the exhibition (a modest 27 works):
1. El camion (The Bus), 1929
2. Retrato de Alicia Galant (Portrait of Alicia Galant), 1927
3. La nina Virginia (Portrait of Virginia), 1929
4. Retrato de Luther Burbank, 1931
5. Retrato de Eva Frederick, 1931
7. Autorretrato con changuito (Self-Portrait with Small Monkey), 1945
8. Hospital Henry Ford, 1932
9. Frida y el aborto (Frida and the Miscarriage), 1932
10. Unos cuantos piquetitos (A Few Small Nips), 1935
11. Mi nana y yo (My Nurse and I), 1937
12. El difuntito Dimas Rosas a los tres anos de edad
(The Deceased Dimas Rosa at the Age of Three), 1937
13. El pollito (The Chick), 1945
15. La columna rota (The Broken Column), 1944
16. Sin esperanza (Hopeless), 1945
17. La flor de a vida (The Flower of Life), 1944
21. Fantasy, 1944
24. La mascara (de la locura) (The Mask of Madness), 1945
25. Retrato del ingeniero Eduardo Morillo Safa, 1944
26. Retrato de dona Rosita Morillo, 1944
El diario de Frida Kahlo (Frida Kahlo's Diary), 1944-54
slideshow of sketchbook and photographs
I was fortunate enough to pay a second visit to this exhibition, in which I really got to experience the work itself, instead of feverishly writing and being shoved about in the throws of on-lookers. I was surprised at the size of some of her works; much smaller than what I imagined. But size aside, this was powerful retrospective.
Until Next Time