Frida Kahlo has inspired generations with her careful emotional vignettes of the things she struggled with: her sadness, her health, her relationships, her identity, and her political ideology at the time of the Mexican revolution. Yesterday Google Arts and Culture launched Faces of Frida, the World’s largest online exhibit of Frida’s art and artifacts, which gives an even closer and more personal look at her life and legacy. The project was a collaboration of 33 associates from 7 different countries, it includes more than 800 pieces, and features hundreds of rare personal photographs, diary entrees, letters, clothes, jewelry, as well as historian commentary, virtual tours of her home (including the street view), and Frida’s influence on other artists. It’s a real treat for anyone who loves Frida and is a great way to continue to share her work and keep her legacy alive.
Today Frida’s face has become more of a commercialized image that graces anything from Barbies to bumper stickers, it’s a far cry from what she actually stood for and believed in. She hated commercialism, Capitalism, and pretty much everything that had to do with the gringos. Even still, Frida’s image was so central to her work that it’s easy to forget that she was not merely an object in her depictions, she was the subject. And her work was more than just surrealist swirls, bleeding hearts and unibrows.
You can check out the full exhibit here.