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Frida And Diego At The Heard Museum

May 22, 2017 , , ,

photo in exhibit

photo in exhibit

photo in exhibit

photo in exhibit

Frida and Leon Trotsky

Frida and Leon Trotsky

In Arizona Frida Kahlo is a giant cultural icon, representing the art and rebellious spirit of the Mexican people.  Her famous muralist husband, Diego Rivera, is less well known, or at least less of a modern figure here in the United States.  He was very famous before they met, and she became famous after her death.  They were highly influencial in the Mexican Revolution, Diego often painting large murals about the oppression of the masses.  Frida had an affair with Leon Trotsky, who was in Mexico City after the Russians exiled him.

The prestigious Heard Museum is now showing an exhibit of their work, some original photos, and a wardrobe designed to show the way Frida distinctively dressed herself in indigenous hand woven garments.  She changed classical art in Mexico by introducing the elements of folk art that she included in her clothing.  She honored the colors, symbols, and methods used by Native Mexican tribes to bring new life and meaning to her paintings.  Her political beliefs were expressed through her art.

This wonderful visiting exhibit is well worth the extra $7.  It will be on display through 20 August.  Prices go way down everything  in the summer in Phoenix.  The accommodations will be generously discounted when the heat rises. This makes it a perfect time for a bargain excision to the big city.

The permanent collection includes incredible Native American art.  The book store and cafes are lovely.  The gift shop is curated to offer the public super high quality work of Native artists.  To look closely at the entire collection takes a few hours and some concentration.  I am particularly fond of the kachina collection, full of detail and meaning.  I recommend this museum to anyone of any age.

her wardrobe

her wardrobe

exhibit at the Heard

exhibit at the Heard

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Thank you for reminding me about this exhibit!

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Luanne @ TFK

May 23, 2017

I love her artwork. She has some real health issues. Rivera did some great artwork too. She was unusual…. but worked through a lot of stuff. Glad you could see this. It would be amazing.

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