ALL 123 FRIDA KAHLO PAINTINGS IN THE COLLECTION AND ON THIS WEB-SITE ARE LICENSED REPLICAS: BY © BANCO DE MÉXICO DIEGO RIVERA & FRIDA KAHLO MUSEUMS TRUST / VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2008.
These and 200 more photos are part of our exhibition. We are happy to share them with our Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund visitors, all the Frida Kahlo fans, with our friends and with you.
July 6th of 110 years ago, Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón was born.
Over time she dropped the “e” from the name her German father gave her, and today Frida Kahlo is the most famous woman artist of all times, recognized, loved by millions around the world; an inspirations to many of us.
Not tall (5’2” or 158 cm), not a classical beauty, her walk impaired by polio at the age of 6; she created her own unique image, staged herself in such a way that today she is recognized not only as an artist but as a fashion icon as well.
Already as a teenager she claimed to be born in 1910, the year of the Mexican revolution, and practically making herself the youngest of her 3 sisters including Cristina, her younger and prettier sister.
At the age of 25 she painted one of her most shocking paintings: “My Birth”, a small format oil on metal, painted in retablo-style.
This small painting shows how Frida used the retablo (or votive) style to bring her powerful message across. Votive paintings have usually three elements:
Some believe that the imagery of “My Birth” is inspired by an Aztec sculpture Frida had at home representing Tlazolteotl, the Goddess of fertility and midwives, the mother of the Warrior.
“My Birth” belongs to the pop star Madonna who claims that those who do not like this painting are not her friends.
Happy Birthday Frida, we love this and the rest of your paintings!
About the photo:
Right: #34: Frida Kahlo, My Birth, 1932,
Oil on metal, 30,5 x 35 cm, Original is in the Private Collection of Madonna.
Licensed replica by ©Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
Left: Copy of Tlazolteotl – Aztec Goddess of Fertility and Midwives.
We are again following Fridas footsteps in Mexico City in preparation of our exhibition Frida's Photos which will open in Baden-Baden on June 27th 2015.
"Who wants to understand Frida, must understand Mexico".
"High society here turns me off and I feel bit of rage against all these rich guys here, since I have seen thousands of people in the most terrible misery," Kahlo wrote in 1932 about her time in Detroit.
Painting Nr. 26, Frida Kahlo:
Display Window in a Street of Detroit 1931
Oil on metal, 30,3 x 38,2 cm
Collection Mr and Mrs Abel Holtz
Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami, Florida, USA
This colorful painting was painted by Frida as a memory of her stay in Detroit.
The painting is dated "1931" but in 1931 Frida was in New York not in Detroit. She moved to Detroit with Diego Rivera in 1932. She may have started the painting in New York and then finished it in Detroit.
Frida's friend, the photographer Lucienne Bloch, recalls being with Frida in New York when they saw the display window that inspired the painting.
On the other hand, Lucienne Bloch remember walking with Frida around the poorer sections of Detroit, and walking past a closed store that displayed the 4th of July theme.
This painting seems to be a simple "still life" composition of objects in a shop window, but it looks like a collection of toys for the child she desired to have and never had.
However, some critics believe the theme is perhaps an allegory of the United States. In the background she seems to indicate that the country is still "under construction" and the objects in the store window are just a façade for distraction. Frida never explained this painting and many interpretations are possible.
The lion and horse in the painting very closely resemble ceramic and terracotta figures of Frida's personal collection.
The inscription in the lower right corner reads: "Display window in a street of Detroit".
Frida Kahlo: Marxism Will Give Health to the Sick, ca. 1954
Oil on masonite, 76 x 61 cm, the original is in Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico-City, Mexico
Licensed replica: ©Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
Photos taken by Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier, Germany
From March 17 to October 18 2013, the replica "Marxism will give health to the sick" was on loan to the Stadtmuseum in Trier and was exhibited in the Stadtmuseum for the exhibition: Karl Marx: the Icon, Cult paintings and Paintings of a cult figure, commemorating 130 years from the death of Karl Marx, who was born in the city of Trier.
Frida Kahlo: My Dress Hangs There, 1933
Oil and Collage on masonite, 46 x 50 cm, Original; FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico
After more than three years in America, Frida wanted desperately to return to Mexico. Diego, however, remained fascinated by the country and did not want to leave. Out of the conflict came this painting. This painting is atypical of Frida’s style; the composition is diffuse with many objects and symbols. Usually Frida Kahlo’s paintings have one central figure, mainly herself.
This painting represents a portrait of American capitalism and contradictions as Frida saw them in 1933. It portrays a modern American industrial society which treats people like machines. Frida takes an opposite view to her husband, who was expressing his approval of industrial progress in a mural in the Rockefeller Center.
Already in 1933, Frida Kahlo illustrates the importance of Wall Street by painting the shares evolution by months over the years from 1931 to 1933; the importance of the oil companies (Standard Oil on the right hand side of the painting); the black telephone cable which, like a spider web, connects everything and everyone.
What is missing from this painting is the focal point of nearly all Frida's paintings…herself. Instead, Frida's Tehuana dress hangs empty and alone, this may be her way of saying "I may be in America but only my dress hangs there…my heart is in Mexico."
This paintings is made in a mixed mode: oil on wood with collage and tempera.
Painting Nr. 104, Frida Kahlo, Moses, 1945
Oil on masonite, 61 x 75,6 cm, Private collection, Houston, TX
In a written description of this painting, Frida refers to it as "Moses, or Birth of the Hero". For this work Frida was awarded second prize at the annual art exhibition in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico.
The inspiration for this painting was provided by Sigmund Freud's book, "Moses the Man and Monotheistic Religion". She was fascinated by the book and painted the picture after finishing the book. This painting was done in the style of a miniature mural. The central figure of the abandoned baby Moses closely resembles Diego, and wears, like Diego in other paintings, the third eye of wisdom on his forehead. The birth is beneath a life giving sun flanked by gods, heroes, common humanity, and the all-embracing hands of death. In the foreground a conch spurting fluid into a concave shell is, Frida said, a symbol of love. Fresh, leafy branches sprouting from dead tree trunks refer to the life/death cycle that appears in many of Frida's paintings.
1943: … Frida was anxious to give her students a chance to get started in mural art themselves. In the middle of 1943 she obtained permission for her students to decorate the wall of a tavern, the Pulqueria La Rosita, located a short distance from the Casa Azul. Two years later, Frida arranged a second mural commission for her students: the walls of a laundry facility, one of the public works of the Lazaro Cardenas administration. At Frida's urging, her students participated in exhibitions, where the political content of their work sometimes caused them trouble with the public, but never with Diego and Frida. The couple was also supportive when "Los Fridos" joined other students to found the Revolutionary Young Artists, a group that organized exhibitions in public parks and gardens so that their artwork could be seen by workers and the poor.
Photographer of this photo serie: 1943, unknown
“I am left knowing that I love you more than my own skin.
And though you may not love me as much, you do love me a little.
If this is not true, I will always be hopeful that it could be.
I adore you. -Frida”
Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic. - Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo’s lipstick imprint on her letter to Bertram Wolfe, March 24, 1936. She signs herself “Chicua,” an affectionate nickname given to her by Diego Rivera, and calls Wolfe “Boit.” (Bertram D. Wolfe papers, box 211, Hoover Institution Archives)
"I don’t give a shit what the world thinks. I was born a bitch, I was born a painter, I was born fucked. But I was happy in my way. You did not understand what I am. I am love. I am pleasure, I am essence, I am an idiot, I am an alcoholic, I am tenacious. I am; simply I am…You are a shit."
- Frida Kahlo, from an unsent letter to Diego Rivera