Frida Kahlo Art, Garden, Life on View at The New York Botanical Garden

Frida Kahlo Art, Garden, Life on View at The New York Botanical Garden

Some know Frida Kahlo as Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s wife. Others know her as Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s lover. I know her as a daring painter and the inventor of the first selfie—often creating raw self-portraits that both haunt and inspire.

Those unfamiliar with the artist, or those art history buffs that want to brush up on their knowledge of her, can get the chance at the comprehensive Frida Kahlo exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

On view thru November 1, Frida Kahlo Art, Garden, Life focuses on the artist’s use of the natural world as subject matter—she often depicted plant imagery in her paintings, her home and garden in Mexico City and the art and culture of the country she called home.

More than a dozen of her lesser-known original paintings and works on paper are on display in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Art Gallery. On the library’s fourth floor, visitors will find Humberto Spíndola’s The Two Fridas, a three-dimensional depiction of Kahlo’s double self-portrait of the same name.

In the Haupt Conservatory, the exhibition reimagines Kahlo’s garden and studio at the Casa Azul in Mexico City. In the space, visitors can enjoy a tranquil stroll past an interesting collection of important garden plants from Mexico and more.

The exhibition also offers visitors the chance to learn more about Kahlo through music, kid-friendly activities, lectures, dance, food and film. For more on the exhibition, click here.


Photo courtesy The New York Botanical Garden


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