Frida Kahlo – Art.Garden.Life at the New York Botanical Garden

Explore the oeuvre of one of the most famous female painters of the twentieth century.

As the first solo exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work in New York in more than 25 years, Frida Kahlo’s Garden is a special project indeed. The display focuses on Kahlo’s engagement with nature in her home country – Mexico.

The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden will be the venue for the event, which re-imagines Kahlo’s studio and garden in her home Casa Azul in Mexico City. The colors and textures of her home will be replicated, transformed with traditional Mexican folk art, colonial-era artworks, religious ex-voto paintings, and native Mexican plants. Visitors can stroll through the gardens lined by blue walls, walk over lava rock paths lined with flowers showcasing a variety of plants native to Mexico. A scale version of the pyramid at Casa Azul, originally created to display pre-Columbian art collected by Kahlo’s husband and muralist Diego Rivera, will showcase Mexican terracotta pots filled with plants found in her garden.

Apart from the sensory experience, on display will be more than a dozen original paintings by the artist, and even drawings. These will be displayed in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Rondina and LoFaro Gallery at the Garden.

While many of Kahlo’s paintings are portraits of herself, friends, colleagues, and art patrons, towards the end of her life, she started depicting still life as she was increasingly confined to her home and garden due to ill health. In fact, the paintings themselves also incorporate organic elements like plants.

The exhibition is curated by distinguished art historian and specialist in Mexican art Adriana Zavala, Ph.D

Frida Kahlo’s Garden opens on May 16, 2015 and will be on display until November 1, 2015 in New York.


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