artistic design from the Frida Kahlo exhibit

The world-class Brooklyn Museum is known for its immersive and in-depth exhibition series, and its latest exciting addition is Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving. This will be on display in the Robert E. Blum Gallery on the first floor of the museum from February 8th through May 12th of this year. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from this tribute to an icon of art and personality.

Intro To Frida

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was one of the 20th century’s most captivating artists, turning to her homeland of Mexico for inspiration for her portraits and other works. Her self-portraits—famous for their distinct, unashamed unibrow—are recognizable throughout the world, and she herself was at the focal point of many progressive conversations around identity, gender, class, and race in Mexico during the first half of the 20th century.

The Exhibit

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in over a decade that’s totally devoted to Kahlo’s work. It is also the first exhibit here to ever display a collection of her clothing and personal possessions, which were rediscovered in 2004 after being kept private since her death in 1954. There are also paintings, drawings, photograph, and historical film.  

The Artifacts

Since it’s the first U.S. exhibit to showcase artifacts from Kahlo’s life, there’s a lot of excitement and curiosity about what will be on display. There will be pieces of Kahlo’s traditional Tehuana clothing, her contemporary and pre-colonial jewelry. Kahlo famously suffered from spina bifida and a congenital condition that left her impaired, and the exhibit has real-life prosthetics she used.

The History and Curators

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can be Deceiving is a spinoff of an exhibition previously held at the V&A in London, curated by Claire Wilcox and Circe Henestrosa. These visionaries helped bring this new edition to life here in Brooklyn, alongside Catherine Morris, the Sackler Senior Curator for Feminist Art.

See the Exhibit in Brooklyn

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