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Frida Kahlo…making her self up

The Mexican artist was one of the most acclaimed from her country and, for the first time, an exhibition will showcase her personal possessions and clothes outside of Mexico. The exhibition will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and will run from 16 June until 14 November.



 Juanjo Andrés Cuervo


During the twentieth century, Frida Kahlo focused much of her work on the indigenous Mexican culture. She was highly valued by the female community due to the representation of women in her work.

On an artistic level she stood out for her self-portraits that captured different feelings of pain, passion, anger or courage.

For this reason she is world famous, and her work has been exhibited in Brazil, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States.

But in this occasion, the exhibition “Making her self up” will present a fresh perspective on the artist through her personal artefacts, contraptions and clothing, which will be on display for the first time outside of Mexico.


So visitors understand the reality that Frida Kahlo lived, an adaptation of her home in Coyoacán, the Blue House will be created. Furthermore, photos of her husband, the artist Diego Rivera, her father Guillermo Kahlo and the communist leader Leon Trotsky will be on show.

An artist is born

One of the moments that marked her life was a bus accident when she was 18 years old. While she recovered, she started to paint self-portraits using a mirror near her bed. To recover, Frida Kahlo wore many different corsets which supported her back and spine. She painted some of them with different symbols that represented religion, communism and the tragedy of her miscarriages.


Apart from her art, the exhibition will show the pride that Frida Kahlo felt for her Mexican roots, especially around the Revolution that occurred in her country between 1910 and 1920.

In fact, it was this sense of identity that prompted her interest in indigenous traditions, filling her with the culture of the nation.

One of the exhibited self-portraits shows Frida Kahlo wearing a lace headdress worn by women in the matriarchal society of Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in Oaxaca.

All this will be available to the public at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, offering a perspective of the Mexican indigenous culture.

Days: From 16 June until 4 November; Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2R. Contact:  +44 (0) 20 7942 2500

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(Translated by Natalie Clark –  Email:


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