Thursday, January 5, 2017

Frida Kahlo Exhibit at The Dali Museum in St Pete's

Considered one of Mexico's greatest artists, Frida Kahlo at The Dali Museum in St. Pete's showcases the extraordinary career and life of the acclaimed 20th century artist. The exhibition is an intriguing exploration of the life of Kahlo, her striking artwork and her fascinating psyche. Together with the exclusive photographs of family, friends and lovers, the exhibition gives a complete view of Kahlo’s world, along with the joys, passions and obsessions of this remarkable artist. More than 60 Kahlo pieces are on display until April 2017, including 15 paintings, 7 drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated artist and influential icon. The exhibition, which extends outdoors, features a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul, her home in Mexico. While Kahlo largely rejected the term 'Surrealism' and felt that her works were as real as her life, Andre Breton, known as the founder of Surrealism, took great interest in her work and described her painting as a bomb wrapped in a ribbon. "With her dreamlike images, Kahlo has stirred huge public interest beyond the traditional art audience. In a way, Kahlo created a persona that serves as a contemporary feminine ideal – both tender and fierce," says Dali Museum Executive Director, Dr. Hank Hine. "Much like Dali, Kahlo constructed an eccentric identity through the iconography in her paintings and then dressed and carried herself as the personality she created in her art. Painting by painting, she becomes a heroic figure of struggle and perseverance." 

The spectacular Dali Museum in St Pete's

The Frida Kahlo Exhibition at the Dali

Frida Kahlo in 1940

Photograph of the Kahlo family with Frida standing far left, dressed as a man

Frida in the garden of her home in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Mexico, 1933 / photo © Martin Munkácsi

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Detroit, 1933

Inside the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Dali Museum

More than 60 Kahlo pieces are on display including 15 paintings, 7 drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated artist and influential icon

Illustrations from Kahlo's journal

Another page from her journal depicting as a phoenix rising from the fire

A series of projections were used in the exhibit showing photographs taken during Kahlo's lifetime

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Small Monkey, 1945

Without Hope, 1945

A Few Small Nips, 1935

"My Nurse and I", 1936

Detail from the entrance wall to the Kahlo exhibit

View through the windows of the Dali Museum towards to Tampa Bay and Marina

The Duke Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, across from the Dali Museum

Beautiful blooming Bougainvillea