Impression of our former Frida Kahlo exhibition in Germany until 2013. Painting: Frida Kahlo, # 84: Portrait of Marucha Lavin, # 120: Portrait of My Father, 1951, # 135: Self Portrait with Stalin, 1954, # 137: Viva la Vida, Watermelons, 1954. Licensed replica © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
Frida was Guillermo Kahlo’s third of six daughters, and his favorite. He doted on her as much as his dour and ascetic personality would permit, and especially encouraged his daughter’s vibrant intellectual curiosity. “Frida is the most intelligent of my daughters,” Guillermo once said.
Frida Kahlo - SLEEP, DREAM AND DEATH
The canopy bed with ceiling mirror presented in the Frida Kahlo Exhibition has been meticulously reproduced in size and materials and the reconstuction of her bedroom includes a variety of photographs that adorned her walls. These photographs are an interesting representation of Frida’s personal and political beliefs.
Photo: Frida Kahlo, Casa Azul, about 1945, Photographer: unknown
Frida Kahlo’s bed is probably the most iconic piece of furniture in her house. Frida painted her bed (in “The Dream” or “The Bed”, 1940, Painting #76) and appeared on it at her first and last solo exhibition in Mexico City. She even died in the same bed. In Julie Taymor’s 2002 film “Frida”, the bed is used as a recurring theme associated with the artist.
Numerous photographs document Frida Kahlo in her bedroom over the years; this has allowed the Curators of the exhiition to faithfully reproduce a section of her bedroom as it was when Frida Kahlo lived in the Blue House.
This includes a gold watch hanging from her bed, the Amuzco embroidered bedcover, books, colored glass beads,her favorite phone, small Maya sculpture and Mexican handicraft works.
Photo: Frida Kahlo, Painting #76: The Dream or The Bed, 1940; Licensed replica © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008
# 4: Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait in a Velvet Dres, 1926 / #400: Cui Tao, Portrait of Frida, 2008 / # 27:Frida Kahlo: Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931 / # 71: Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait Dedicated to Sigmund Firestone,1940 / # 74: Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns, 1940 / # 75: Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser, 1940 / # 80: Frida Kahlo: Self-Portrait in Red and Gold Dress, 1941 / # 81: Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait with Bonito, 1941 / # 87: Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait as a Tehuana, 1943 / # 92: Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait with Monkeys, 1943 / # 98: Frida Kahlo: Portrait of Mariana Morillo Safa, 1944 / # 100: Frida Kahlo: Portrait of the Engineer Eduardo Morillo Safa, 1944 / # 101: Frida Kahlo: Portrait of Marte R. Gómez, 1944 / # 120: Frida Kahlo: Portrait of My Father, 1951 / All paintings are: Licensed replica: ©Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008
Painting # 74:
Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns, 1940;
LICENSED REPLICAS: BY © BANCO DE MÉXICO DIEGO RIVERA & FRIDA KAHLO MUSEUMS TRUST / VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2008
As important as the paintings it is essential to show the objects which Frida surrounded herself with in her Blue House.
The Maya and Aztec artifacts, which Diego was an avid collector of, are extremely important to understand the symbolism of her paintings. We know that Frida Kahlo used to paint what she saw in her house, showing these pieces gives the visitors a better understanding of the figures, or "idols", as she called them, she used as a theme in her paintings.
From the Kunstmusem collection, here in show in Baden-Baden and San Diego a number of Maya, Aztec reproductions matching Frida's paintings.
Photo: Frida Kahlo: # 49: Portrait of Diego Rivera, 1937 and # 117: The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Myself, Diego and Señor Xólotl, 1949; Licensed replica © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008