Viva la Frida! At the Drents Museum
Sept. 7, 2021
Masterpieces from the Olmedo Collection
The Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City boasts the largest collection of Frida Kahlo's work in the world and is making available its entire Kahlo holdings. Dolores Olmedo (1908-2002) was a close friend and the heiress of Kahlo’s husband, the artist Diego Rivera. Dolores Olmedo was committed to preserving Mexican art and, under Rivera's guidance, she acquired a large number of key pieces by Frida Kahlo. Highlights from this collection – such as Kahlo’s Henry Ford Hospital (1932), The Broken Column (1944) and Self-Portrait with Monkey (1945) – are coming to Assen.
Personal Belongings from The Blue House
Thanks to the Museo Frida Kahlo, visitors to Viva la Frida! can admire not only clothes, painted corsets and jewellery, but also photos, documents and drawings related to the artist. In 2004, many of Kahlo and Rivera's possessions were found in La Casa Azul, or The Blue House (now the Museo Frida Kahlo) after being hidden from view for 50 years. After careful research and conservation this exceptional collection was opened to the public in 2007.
Frida Kahlo made an indelible impression with her bold sense of beauty and ideals of equality for all. A tragic bus accident left Kahlo in great pain and requiring numerous operations. Although her life was largely defined by misfortune, she managed to transform her suffering and emotional struggle into extraordinary works of art. What gave her the strength to go on was her great love for art, for Diego Rivera, and for Mexico and its popular folk culture. Young and old people all over the world still draw strength and inspiration from her art and life story.
Left: Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1945, oil on canvas, Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City © 2021 Banco de México, Ciudad de México/ reproduction courtesy of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura, 2021
Right: Nickolas Muray (1892-1965), Frida Kahlo in Blue Blouse, 1939, photograph, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York / Photo by Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives