Where can the original paintings of Frida Kahlo be seen ?
47 originals can be seen in museums around the world, 11 of them are in museums in the US.
34 originals are in Mexico, the largest collection of Frida Kahlo paintings is in the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City.
According to the NY Times, Ms. Olmedo “said that she bought her 25 Kahlo paintings -- for which she paid only $1,600 -- because Rivera begged her to do so to make sure that an important part of his wife's work remained in Mexico under one roof. ''Otherwise I would not have done it,'' Mrs. Olmedo said.” (1), and she added ''I was never a friend of Frida Kahlo,'' Mrs. Olmedo conceded in an interview with The New York Times, in which she referred to the artist's bisexuality. ''Frida Kahlo liked women. I liked men.'' (1).
Finally the NY Times added: “As the artists' reputations -- and the prices for their work -- rebounded, art critics and intellectuals began to resent Mrs. Olmedo's huge hoard of Riveras and Kahlos and her power over the artists' legacies. She was accused of having grossly underpaid for her collection. Stories swirled that a jealous Mrs. Olmedo was intent on sabotaging Kahlo's legacy.” (1).
Today the collection of Frida Kahlo paintings from the Olmedo collection is travelling the world, currently it can be seen in Paris and, later in 2014, in Rome.
62 original Frida Kahlo are in private collections and 11 are in the wonderful Gelman collection which is also touring the world, currently this collection is shown in Denmark.
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