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Museum of Frida Kahlo (Museo Frida Kahlo)

Museo Frida Kahlo   

 

 

Location: Londres 247, Coyoacán

Subway: Coyoacán

Tel. 5554 5999

Open: 10am- 5:45pm Tue- Sun

Frida Kahlo

July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954

 

 

 

Description of Museum of Frida Kahlo

The museum of Frida Kahlo also known as La Casa Azul or Blue House was a residence of famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Private residence on the outskirts of the Mexican capital was once home to one of the moust famous artists in the Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo. It was turned into her private museum after she passed away and her home was turned into a Museum of Frida Kahlo or Museo Frida Kahlo. Also known as the Blue House, it is one of the most representative tourist and cultural sites in the area; the building belonged to the Kahlo family since 1904 and four years after the death of the painter, in 1958, it was converted into a museum.

 

 

 

History of Museum of Frida Kahlo

Frida's father, Guillermo Kahlo -hungarian-German by birth-, built the house in 1904, according to the historian Beatriz Scharrer, "in the style of the time: a central patio with the rooms surrounding it, the exterior was completely Frenchified". "It was Diego and Frida who, later, gave her a very particular style and, at the same time, they printed her -with colors and popular decoration- her admiration for the people of Mexico".
This place was also where great personalities who lived with Diego and Frida met, such as Leon Trotsky, Henry Moore, Remedios Varo and André Bretón. During the following years, the property underwent a series of modifications according to the tastes of the couple. In 1937 the acquisition of what is now the garden was carried out. In 1946 Diego Rivera decided to build a studio for Frida, which he commissioned from Juan O'Gorman, and in 1958, according to the will of the painter who had died the previous year, the property was opened to the Mexican people, converting it into a museum.

 

House Museum
The Museum House allows its visitors to discover the deep relationship that exists between Frida Kahlo, her paintings and her home. The rooms show part of the work of Frida and Diego Rivera, who also lived there. Among the highlights of the house are the beds (day bed and night bed) that Frida used to paint while she was immobilized from the spine due to the terrible accident she had. Many of his paintings were inspired by this and the suffering he experienced after several reconstructive surgeries.

Another of the attractions of the museum is the studio of Frida, where you can also appreciate its library. The kitchen of the house has been preserved in the same state as when the painter used it. This is a very important element within the enclosure, since all the objects inside it, such as vessels and plates, clearly reflect the impact that the Mexican culture had on the gastronomic lifestyle of the artist. Despite the fact that Frida and Diego had already used gas in kitchens, Frida liked to prepare meals in a more traditional way, using a wood-based stove. Likewise, the Mexican garden that Diego Rivera designed, houses a pyramid in which his collection of pre-Hispanic pieces is exhibited.

Among the most famous works found in the museum are Viva la vida and Frida and the cesarean section. However, the largest and most important public collection of original works by Kahlo can be found in the Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum (28 items, the Gehrke-Remund Art Museum in Germany has 123, but these are replicas). In order to discover the history of Frida, the museum offers video guides that explain the history of each part of the house and the importance it has in the life of the painter.

Contents in the museum house
In the old house of Frida Kahlo -who claimed to have been born in 1910 after colonial times and at the same time as the new Mexico-, we can find not only works of art from her, but we can also be participants in the pain that Frida embraced from her childhood with the polio that she contracted at the age of six, with the tragic tram accident that made her unable to have children, a fact that took a long time to accept and with which she provoked Diego Rivera's infidelity, all of which reflected in her paintings This reminds us of what Frida thought when comparing her work with Surrealism: "They think that I am surrealist, but it is not true, I am not, I have never painted what I dream, I paint my own reality".

In life, Rivera asked Dolores Olmedo when he and Frida died to turn the house into a museum, leaving everything open to the public except for a bathroom, which could be opened fifteen years after his death. Those years became fifty and when they opened the space they discovered thousands of documents, photos, dresses, books and toys. It was necessary to condition the property next door in order to exhibit all these new objects.

The permanent collection consists of the Spaces of the Blue House, the Objects of the Blue House and the Outstanding Works of the Collection. Among the latter section are The portrait of my father Guillermo Kahlo (1952), My family (1949), Frida and cesarean (1931), Viva la vida (1954) and Still life (1942).

 

 

 

 

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