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Artists exhibit work inspired by Frida Kahlo

Known as one of the greatest female artists in the world, her work has been revered internationally. To celebrate the expert painter, an exhibition showcasing pieces inspired by her portraits is taking place at the Menier Gallery in south London from 3 to 31 August.


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Born in Mexico City in 1907, she is remembered for the pain, passion, boldness and vibrancy conveyed in her handcrafted images.

Although only displayed in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954, her paintings are now honoured worldwide as symbols of tradition, and the female struggles of her era.

Frida Kahlo’s work has been described as surrealist – a label she rejected, instead insisting her sketches reflected reality and not her dreams. After being severely injured in a bus accident which comprised her reproductive capacity and left her immobilised for three months, she abandoned the study of medicine and began to paint in order to occupy herself.

Developing as an artist, Kahlo later became politically active, and transcended her time and cultural norms by painting taboo subjects dealing with things such as miscarriage, gender inequality, feminine beauty ideals, the sexual lives of women, and her own physical limitations.

Not allowing her life to be bound by structures, many across the globe have been inspired by the outspoken, leftist, feminist, and activist nature depicted in her art.

Now, forty-two international artists, who have aligned their creativity by gaining stimulus from Kahlo, are showcasing their work in the exhibition, “Lust for Life”, to be viewed in a dramatic space at south London’s Menier Gallery for the rest of the month.

Mis padres, mis abuelos y yo Frida Kahlo Commons Wikimedia
“Mis padres, mis abuelos y yo”, by Frida Kahlo Free photo from Commons Wikimedia

The organisation, The Artists’ Pool, which explores aspects of the arts, has collaborated with the Menier Gallery and the Embassy of Mexico in the UK to present new images that manifest the most important moments of Kahlo’s life.

The exhibition comes as a part of a series of events about Frida in the United Kingdom, and aims to demonstrate an original approach to commemorating one of the 20th century’s most emblematic artists.

Date: 3 to 31 August 2016. Location: Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

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