Frida Kahlo is coming to Brooklyn! The Brooklyn Museum has just announced that they are putting together a grand exhibition featuring our queen, Frida Kahlo, in what will be the “largest U.S. exhibition devoted to the acclaimed Mexican artist in a decade.” The exhibit, titled “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” opens February 8 and will run through May 12.⠀
The Brooklyn Museum stated on Instagram that this show is “the first in the country to present Kahlo’s personal objects from her lifelong home in Mexico City.” They added “It offers a rare opportunity to explore Kahlo’s creative vision and self-crafted identity through a display of paintings and drawings by the artist, her clothing and other personal items, photographs, film, and documentation, as well as related objects from our collection.” ⠀
The show will probably be very similar to the first show that showed off her belongings at the V&A Museum in London. We’re pretty certain that the Brooklyn Museum will do a stellar job at displaying it in a unique and fascinating way. And as someone went to that show and saw Frida’s clothes, jewelry, and objects, first hand, I can say you do not want to miss this show.
If you are moved by her artwork, seeing her dresses up, close, and personal will leave you floored. For Frida fans, we often view her as a larger than life character, almost fictional at times, because her presence and legacy is massive. So, seeing her stuff is breathtaking because you can feel and see that she was an actual person who lived. Frida was real, and her belongings is proof of that.
“Kahlo’s personal artifacts—which range from noteworthy examples of Kahlo’s Tehuana clothing, contemporary and pre-Colonial jewelry, and some of the many hand-painted corsets and prosthetics used by the artist during her lifetime—had been stored in the Casa Azul(Blue House), the longtime Mexico City home of Kahlo and Rivera, who had stipulated that their possessions not be disclosed until 15 years after Rivera’s death,” the museum states. “The objects shed new light on how Kahlo crafted her appearance and shaped her personal and public identity to reflect her cultural heritage and political beliefs, while also addressing and incorporating her physical disabilities.”