Dallas museum to unveil Frida Kahlo exhibition Feb. 28

Frida Kahlo, ‘Sun and Life,’ 1947, oil on masonite, Private Collection, Courtesy Galería Arvil. © 2021 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

DALLAS – This winter, the Dallas Museum of Art will share with visitors the rare opportunity to see five exquisite works by the acclaimed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. In her lifetime, Kahlo’s work was well-known in artistic circles, particularly in Mexico and the United States.

In the years since her death in 1954, her work has garnered ever-increasing critical attention and international praise. Today, her fame is so widespread that she has gone from being simply a celebrated artist, to a global cultural phenomenon.

Opening on Feb. 28, “Frida Kahlo: Five Works” includes four paintings and a drawing on loan from a Private Collection, courtesy of the Galería Arvil in Mexico City. In the new installation, each work will act as a vehicle for understanding larger aspects of Kahlo’s artistic practice. This includes her development of a personal language of metaphorical imagery and her exploration of still life painting late in her career. At the same time, as with many of her most well-known works, these pieces reflect Kahlo’s experiences and the events of her adventurous life.

Frida Kahlo, Still Life, 1951, oil on masonite, Private Collection, Courtesy Galería Arvil. © 2021 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Frida Kahlo

“Frida Kahlo: Five Works” will be on view through June 20 on the Atrium Overlook on Level 4 and opens simultaneously with “Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico” featuring works from the DMA’s Latin American collection. Both exhibitions are curated by Dr. Mark A. Castro, Jorge Baldor curator of Latin American Art, and are included in free general admission.

“It is always exciting to delve into the works of a dynamic artist like Frida Kahlo,” said Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s director. “This generous loan will offer our visitors a chance to look closely at these five works and explore the many stories they can tell about Kahlo, her remarkable work and her inspiring life.”

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