The work of art of Frida Kahlo arrives to Rio de Janeiro

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Gathering of expressions of surrealist female artists

The artwork of one of Mexico’s best-known artists, Frida Kahlo is now on display in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; an exhibit also comprised by the work of other female artists whose expressions are influenced by Kahlo and are linked to the Surrealist Movement; overall gathering close to 100 pieces.

Conexiones entre Mujeres surrealistas en México” -lit. “Connections between surrealist Women in Mexico”- opened up its doors at Caixa Cultural of Rio de Janeiro on January 30th, after being at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo where it received a total of 600 thousand visits, during a little over 100 days of being open at such venue.

frida_en_rioOriginal Image:Press Release No. 161/2016. Source: Secretaría de Cultura (Ministry of Culture)

This exhibit presents 30 pieces from Kahlo, including 20 oil paintings, 10 works on paper containing drawings, collages, photographs and lithographs. The rest if the exhibition gathers works of 14 female artists who were born in Mexico or are deeply connected to the country.

Some of the artists included in the exhibition are: María Izquierdo, Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Rosa Rolanda, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Lucienne Bloch, Alice Rahon, Kati Horna, Bridget Tichenor, Jacqueline Lamba, Bonn Mandiargues, Cordelia Urueta, Olga Costa and Sylvia Fein; all of them where selected as they are known to be somewhat influenced by Frida Kahlo’s work.

Teresa Arcq, the curator of the exhibit mentioned that her objective is to “show the public of Brazil the free woman and great creator who was present in the lives and work of other women”, quoted on an official communique from the Mexican Ministry of Culture.

frida_en_rioOriginal Image: Press Release No. 161/2016. Source: Secretaría de Cultura (Ministry of Culture)

Among the work presented are included sculptures, paintings, photographs, catalogues, documents and reports; everything distributed among three halls of Caixa Cultural of Rio de Janeiro. Alongside there is also a film presentation that accompanies the exhibition and presents surrealism and story of Frida Kahlo.

The exhibit will be open until March 27th and is expecting to receive a good amount of visitors, as what happened previously in São Paulo, which actually surpasses in numbers other exhibits such as a retrospective of Salvador Dalí and Infinite Obsession by Yayoi Kusama.

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