Saturday, March 3, 2012

Things to Do: Frida Kahlo Exhibit @ Artisphere

Recently, I was excited to learn a exhibit featuring the work of Mexican artist Frida was on display at the Artisphere in Arlington.  The FREE exhibition runs through March 25, 2012. 

I first fell in love with Frida and her work after watching the movie based on her life that came out ten years ago and starred the beautiful Salma Hayek.  She was quite a controversial figure in her day and it's reflected in her art.

According to Artisphere's website: Artisphere is the first and only venue in the United States of America to present this exhibition of photographs revealing moments of this extraordinary figure's private life. 

For more information about this exhibit as taken from Artisphere's website, see below.

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)'s extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art. Upon Kahlo’s death in 1954, more than 6,500 personal photographs and items belonging to her and husband/artist Diego Rivera were sealed and put in storage. For more than half a century this great collection of personal memorabilia remained hidden from the public. In 2007 this collection was opened and Mexican photographer and curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio inventoried and catalogued 240 images to create the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition. To read more, click here

Another interesting fact, although Frida's work is on display in Virginia.  According to Diego Rivera's will, he specified that the original images belonging to him and Frida Kahlo should never leave Mexico. As such, the images on view in this exhibition are carefully crafted reproductions.

Make sure to check out this FREE exhibit before it's too late!
Artisphere1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22209

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