The rich and colorful life of Frida Kahlo is revealed in “The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story. The Exhibition,” which made its North American premiere in San Diego in October 2013, and recently extended to March 9, 2014. This is the largest display of her work ever assembled.
Presented by Global Entertainment Properties 1, LLC, the exhibition features 123 replicas of Kahlo’s known paintings in original size, materials, and style as Kahlo painted them. Hand-painted by master artists, they are licensed by Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
All of Kahlo’s original works can never be seen in one place because her husband, Diego Rivera, directed that her paintings in her house, the Blue House, at the moment of her death could not leave, and a large number of her paintings are privately owned and not available for exhibitions.
Also on display are over 500 fascinating possessions identical to those Kahlo surrounded herself with, and a large collection of original photos.
The exhibition was co-curated over a 20-year period by Dr. Mariella Remund and Hans-Jürgen Gehrke, passionate art lovers, collectors and founders of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden, Germany, where Kahlo’s father spent his youth before emigrating to Mexico. Their vision was to not only touch the eyes and minds of the visitors, but above all, their hearts.
Born in Coyoacán, Mexico City, in 1907, Kahlo became revered as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Through her art she championed the Mexican culture and became an icon in art, fashion, for the women’s movement and for her political beliefs. Her striking images, tumultuous relationships, passionate and tragic life-story continue to captivate a constantly growing worldwide following.
The exhibition is on display at NTC Arts & Culture District in Liberty Station in Point Loma.