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Frida Kahlo show coming to the Dalí Museum in December

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s work will be on display at the Dal? Museum starting in December.

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Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s work will be on display at the Dal? Museum starting in December.

Frida Kahlo fans, celebrate.

The celebrated 20th century Mexican artist will have her first solo exhibition in Florida at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg beginning Dec. 17. Though numerous works by Kahlo have been exhibited individually, this is the first time in Florida a show has been devoted to her work, according to the museum.

Co-organized by the Dalí and the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City, it will feature more than 60 pieces, including paintings and drawings, along with photographs from Kahlo's collection.

Kahlo (1907-54) wasn't a star during her lifetime, often better known as the wife of Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican muralist. If she was daunted by her comparative lack of fame, her paintings didn't reflect it. Strong and independent, she developed a style that combined the bright colors and cultural touchstones of Mexican culture with the haunting realities of a life filled with pain that resulted from a serious accident and from her turbulent marriage.

Almost half of her paintings are self-portraits that emphasize her unibrow and original fashion style. She is admired by feminists for her early and unflinching depiction of her personal struggles.

"In a way," said executive director Hank Hine in a press release, "Kahlo created a persona that serves as a contemporary feminine ideal — both tender and fierce."

This show is one of a series at the museum that has not had a specific link to Surrealism. Kahlo didn't consider herself a Surrealist though she was admired by some in that movement. She could be described as a fabulist with a connection to magical realism, a movement associated with Latin American art.

These shows at the Dalí — featuring Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, for example — give context to the life and career of Salvador Dalí, the great 20th-century Spanish Surrealist. The St. Petersburg museum bearing his name has the most comprehensive collection of his works in the world.

"Frida Kahlo at the Dalí" will continue through April 17. In conjunction with the show, special events and related programs will be offered and the museum's waterfront Avant-Garden will have flowers and plants that Kahlo added to her own garden.

Contact Lennie Bennett at [email protected] or (727) 893-8293.

Frida Kahlo show coming to the Dalí Museum in December 08/15/16 [Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2016 5:04pm]
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