|by Naomi Lindt||Art + Culture, Mexico and Central America||5|
Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter and feminist famously portrayed by Salma Hayek in Frida, would have celebrated her 100th birthday on July 6. To commemorate her life and work, Mexico City is hosting the largest retrospective of her work ever held.
The show, which opened today at the museum at the Palace of Fine Arts, includes over 350 works--an impressive third of the artist's oeuvre. Also included are manuscripts, photographs, and letters written by the artist, in addition to a collection of paintings that have never been publicly shown. The exhibition runs until August 19.
During the month of August, Frida's childhood home of Casa Azul (now the Frida Kahlo Museum), located in the Mexico City neighborhood of Coyoacan, will be exhibiting some 300 articles of the artist's clothing, as well as letters from Diego Rivera, the renowned muralist to whom Frida was married. (Details at museofridakahlocasaazul.org.)