Photo: Left: © 2021 Banco de México AND right: © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
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Viva la Frida! At the Drents Museum

Sept. 7, 2021

From 8 October 2021 to 27 March 2022, the Drents Museum will stage a world premiere with a major exhibition devoted to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Two of the leading Kahlo collections will come together for the first time in Assen. Viva la Frida! - Life and Art of Frida Kahlo showcases an unparalleled combination of Kahlo's art and personal objects (such as clothes, painted corsets and jewellery). The Drents Museum collaborated with the Museo Dolores Olmedo and the Museo Frida Kahlo (formerly La Casa Azul, The Blue House) in Mexico City. This partnership offers the Drents Museum the unique opportunity to tell the complete Frida story.

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.

Indelible Impression

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.

Header pictures:

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

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