Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Frida Kahlo’s garden and studio home recreated in NYC.

Frida Kahlo is coming back to NYC for the first time in over a quarter of a century! The New York’s Botanical Garden will be making this possible by presenting a recreation of the Mexican artists’ garden and studio home.

The inspiration comes from her lifelong home and outdoor garden in Casa Azul, the place where she lived and died; a space she shared with her husband -the renowned Mexican muralist- Diego Rivera, friends, family and even neighbors.

frida Kahlo casa azul

Kahlo studied botany and was often inspired by nature, many of her paintings feature native Mexican plants such as the ones found in her garden, including a variety of cacti (maguey, nopal, biznaga and yuca). Today the garden is also filled with ash tree, jacarandas, a palm tree and tepescahuite. This garden is decorated with many authentic pre-Hispanic figures that Diego placed from his personal collection.

As the garden was a special place for both artists, the New York’s Botanical Garden will be recreating it, as well as displaying more than 12 rare paintings and works on paper. Additional events such as poetry readings, lectures, Frida al Fresco evenings, Mexican-inspired shopping and dining experiences, will be held at the garden, providing visitors a wider perspective on Frida Kahlo’s life.

The exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden and Life, will be launched on May 16th through to November 1st 2015.

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