June 16 – November 4, 2018
Experience a fresh perspective on the life and legacy of the iconic Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), and the artistry with which she portrayed herself to the world. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.
A child of the Mexican revolution with a German father and Mexican mother, Kahlo’s life was intrinsically linked with political, cultural and gender contradictions and inequalities. After contracting polio aged six, and suffering a life-changing road accident aged 18, the resulting health problems caused Kahlo great suffering throughout her life. This monumental exhibition tells the story of Frida Kahlo’s enduring strength, passion and her careful construction of her outward appearance, all told through her deeply intimate self-portraits, photographs, clothing and personal belongings.
Free to Members of the AFV&A and V&A (£15 for non-members)
Image: Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray. ©Nickolas Muray Photo Archives