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Impression of a Boot

Cherry red leather, seventeen holes, mismatched laces (one silk, one cotton) and many decades before Dr Marten’s became the punk sole of choice. Broadly, the exhibition retells the history of an artist, who has become an icon, but behind the act of presentation (slightly too much ‘ambience’ for me) the objects disclosed something profoundly humane. The boot attracted my attention …

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Wings to fly

I would have liked to write this review without knowing so much about Kahlo. she came from a well-off family, popular and involved in the Mexican society of the time, despite the many upheavals of the Revolution. She was the much beloved daughter of a renowned photographer of German descent who, despite her gender and her limitations, introduced her to …

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Circe Henestrosa, co-curator of London’s Victoria & Albert’s exhibition ‘Making Herself Up’ talks to our European editor, Daniel Nanavati on 13th June 2018

DN: I would like to talk about her influences. Now we can’t differentiate her from Mexico obviously, but do you see a lot of Freud coming through from her surrealist idea? Breton said she was a natural surrealist. CH: Yes, her surrealism … she kind of didn’t align with the idea because she didn’t feel she was surrealist because she …

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Dreaming with the Ancestors. Mexican Archaeology in Frida Kahlo’s Art and Life

In the collateral exhibition “The dream of the Ancestors” at the MUDEC – Museo delle Culture in Milan the artistic imagination of Frida Kahlo is revived through sculptures, moulded figurines and ceramics from the pre-Columbian civilization of Mexico. In search of her roots and the roots of her art in the Mesoamerican indigenous culture, the artist revived themes, myths and …

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The Pains of Young Frida

From the Casa Azul in Mexico City, where the artist Frida Kahlo lived for many years with her husband Diego Rivera, new documents have recently emerged that had been hidden away for decades in cases and trunks. The discovery of this archive material sheds new light on the painter and has inspired, among other things, the exhibition, “Frida Kahlo – …

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Frida Kahlo Self Made Feminist

The heroine of women painters, who championed the use of folk symbols to illustrate and elucidate self, surrealist painter, and merger of social realism and confrontational renaissance portraiture, is highly relevant to the present art scene. In painted self-portraits she surrounds her image with symbols of Mexican folklore and culture as in My Grandparents, My Parents and Me (1936),to exorcize …

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