Sunday, September 18, 2011

Frida Kahlo: Diego en mi pensamiento

I was 15 years old when, on a school trip organized by my art teacher, I visited the exhibition of the Murals of Diego Rivera showing at the Hayward Gallery in the South Bank Centre in London (between October 1987 to January 1988). I instantly fell in love with Diego Rivera’s work, and have been a huge fan and lover of his art, ideology, the history of Mexico and any artist connected with him and the Mexican revolution every since.

I also became a lover of Frida Kahlo, not so much because she twice became Diego Rivera's wife, more because I was soon fascinated by her life story, her strength, spark and pains in life, and by her works of art reflecting the events and emotions of her life. Frida was without doubt herself a work of art, her fascinating traditional Mexican dresses expressed the complexity of her nature. It was easy to fall in love with her.

This week I visited Kahlo and Diego Rivera's exhibition, showing at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. In the evening, I was lucky enough to listen to an interesting talk on Frida Kahlo by art historian and writer Frances Borzello, entitled ‘Frida Kahlo: The Autobiography of an Artist’. Frances Borzello, a passionate speaker from the heart, recently co-authored the book ‘Frida Kahlo: Face-to-Face’ with the iconic artist Judy Chicago, exploring the way that Frida Kahlo’s life is explored in her art.

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