1 Feb-3 Jun. Milan Museum of Cultures hosts Mexican artist’s retrospective.
An exhibit of 70 paintings, 40 drawings and 150 photographs will celebrate the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at Milan’s MUDEC, opening on 1 February.
The show includes several items never before exhibited in Europe. Indeed, some have never been shown anywhere, such as a 1929 portrait of a young woman entitled Nina con collar. This picture of the daughter of the artist’s assistant was given by Kahlo to the girl’s mother, who never exhibited it. It was believed to have been lost until discovered in the woman’s estate. It was auctioned and raised “several million dollars”, reports ANSA.
The Self-portrait with monkey on the exhibit poster, from 1938, has also rarely been seen in Europe.
Kahlo worked prolifically despite a lifetime of severe suffering after an almost fatal traffic accident when she was 18. She married (twice) a celebrated muralist, Diego Rivera, and her work – while enjoying some limited critical appreciation – was overshadowed by his during her lifetime. Her portfolio was rediscovered in the later part of the past century, becoming so well known that in 1984 it was declared part of Mexico’s national heritage.
Drawing inspiration from Mexican folk art, shot through with sensations of pain and death, her work is today instantly recognisable with its almost aggressive simplicity.
The exhibition is open Monday 14.30-19.30, other days 09.30-20.30 and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday additionally until 22.30. Entrance costs €13, with several options for reduced rates listed on the MUDEC website.