About the exhibition
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Frida Kahlo - Her Photos
Kahlo was passionate about photography from a very young age. This is not surprising – her father was a well-known Mexican photographer. As well as taking photographs herself, Frida was also photographed by a number of renowned photographers including Nickolas Muray, with whom she had an on-off relationship for many years.
She meticulously assembled a collection of over 6000 photographs, some by famous photographers such as Man Ray, Brassaï and Tina Modoti. Each of these images influenced Frida and her artistic work. She often manipulated, painted or cut the photographs. The photos depict Kahlo’s family and friends, her great love Diego Riviera and other lovers. But they also focus on aspects of Mexican society that interested her.
Following her death in 1954, Kahlo’s house, The Blue House, was turned into a museum. Her personal collection of photographs was locked away in the bathrooms of the house for over 50 years. The exhibition ‘Frida Kahlo – her Photos’ presents 241 of these photos, enabling viewers to experience some of the happiest – and some of the darkest – moments of Kahlo’s life. They are also a mirror onto the tumultuous times in which the artist lived during the first half of the twentieth century.Online tickets