Frida Kahlo was very seductive and continues to be also 110 years after her birth. This is why the city of Milan is staging the most important European exhibition ever devoted to the most famous and acclaimed Mexican woman painter. This show and tribute will be held from February 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018 at the new Museum of Cultures (MUDEC) of Milan designed by David Chipperfield (www.mudec.it). The exhibition will include oils, drawings, watercolours, letters and photographs, and we intend to bring together works by Frida that have never been displayed in Italy before.
The exhibition will point out that Frida still holds many secrets. Apart from the numerous books that have been written about her, the Milan event will reveal, through artworks and documents, that Frida Kahlo was in effect a political activist, that she was aware of Diego Rivera’s influence on her painting and sought to avoid it, that she had a keen interest in drawing and, above all, that she was a great painter. It will also show that as well as expressing herself dramatically in her painting, Frida was also extremely witty and ironical, and brought a sensuality to her still lifes, like nobody else.
The Milan exhibition has already obtained the loan of works from the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City and from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. It envisages also the inclusion of works from the museums in Tlaxcala (Museo de Arte of Tlaxcala), Cuernavaca (Robert Brady Museum), Buenos Aires (Malba), Buffalo (Albright-Knox Art Gallery), Washington (The National Museum of Women in the Arts), and New York (MoMA). Besides, we’re working to bring Las dos Fridas to Italy, as part of an exchange of works between the MAM in Mexico City and the museums of Milan.