Madrid Buenos aires

THE EXPERIENCE

LIFE AND WORK OF FRIDA KAHLO

Life and Work of Frida Kahlo is a unique immersive exhibition and one of a kind. Technology and creativity are at the service of knowledge, thus narrating the fascinating and enigmatic history of the Mexican painter without forgetting the utmost academic rigor. With this exhibition project, Acciona intends to lead the technological revolution in the cultural world, thus creating a new genre that explores the boundaries between cinema, art, theatre, and spectacle, while placing the visitor at the centre of the experience.

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EXPLORE FRIDA

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN HER WORLD

Black and white photograph of Frida Kahlo as a child

Frida as a child

Frida was born at 8:30 in the morning on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán. Her family registered her as Magdalena del Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderón. She was the daughter of Matilde Calderón and Guillermo Kahlo.

  • Various characters taken from the artist's diary

    ANIMALARIUM

    Animals are a fundamental part of Frida’s work.
    The artist represents them with anthropomorphic characteristics.

    CHANGUITO (Little Monkey)

    Frida had two spider monkeys as pets. They were called “Fulang Chang " and “Caimito de Guayabal ".

    DEER

    Frida had a deer as a pet, called "Granizo", which means “hail ".

    PARROT

    "Bonito" was the name of Frida's amazon parrot.

    DOVE

    When Frida married Diego Rivera, her family referred to it as the union between the dove and the elephant.

    TOAD - FROG

    One of Diego Rivera's nicknames was "Toad – frog", with which he used to sign his drawings and letters.

    XOLOITZCUINTLE

    Mr. Xolot was one of Frida's dogs, a Xoloitzcuintle, a hairless primitive dog worshipped by the Aztecs.

    LIBÉLULA

    Editaspis rerum ut fugiae volestiam aut ut optiate tusandit is explatur, cus esequam rae ni aut ad magnis apicae

Portrait of the Mexican artist's father

Guillermo Kahlo

Carl Wilhelm Kahlo, Frida's father, was born in Germany on 26th October 1871. Once settled in Mexico, he changed his name to Guillermo and opened a photo studio. For Frida, her father's photographs were a great inspiration for her paintings.

Diego Rivera with a red lipstick mark on him

Diego Rivera

Diego and Frida made an incomparable duo and their relationship was full of highs and lows. Diego Rivera was a driving force in Frida's rise as a painter, as well as in the creation of spaces such as The Blue House, now a museum, and an iconic place in Frida’s life and work.

Trotsky arrives in Mexico seeking political asylum

Frida and Trotsky

Within the historical context in which artists and intellectuals were associated with the writings of Marx and Engels, Frida was a militant of the Communist Party and she had a strong political ideology. As a friend of Trotsky and his wife, Natalia Sedova, Frida hosted them at The Blue House when Diego Rivera granted them political asylum in Mexico.

Picasso meets painter in Paris

Pablo Picasso

Frida Kahlo and Picasso met in Paris, where they shared everyday scenarios as contemporary artists. It is known that Frida fascinated Picasso, who usually showed no admiration for anyone. He mentioned his amazement at Frida's introspective capacity when painting the eyes of her subjects. The famous Spanish artist clearly expressed the great appreciation he had for the Mexican painter, with his words to Diego Rivera still well known: "Neither you nor I paint eyes as she does.""

  • Self-Portrait in Velvet Suit

    Your Botticelli

    "Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress" was one of the painter's first self-portraits and one of the few works in which Frida is not dressed in traditional Mexican clothing. The background, with sea waves and the details of the dress, suggests an Art Nouveau reference. Frida signed the artwork as "Your Botticelli", referring to the admiration she felt for the renaissance painter.

Sketch of the central totem