The Brooklyn Museum in New York has just opened a major exhibition on the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), one of the most celebrated Latin American painters of the 20th century and a great name in modernism in her country. The exhibition brings together not only the artist's works, including paintings and drawings, but also personal objects, clothes, photographs and videos.
It is the first time that pieces exhibited at Casa Azul, in Mexico City – where Kahlo has lived all her life – can be seen in the United States. Entitled Appearances Can Be Deceiving, the show is divided into ten sections such as “Roots”, “Art and Revolution”, “Marriage” – Kahlo was married to painter and muralist Diego Rivera – “Art and Clothing”, “Blue House”, among others.
In addition to her artistic production, the painter became known for her left-wing political activities, for her relationship with the movement for gender equality and for the stories of her marriage. Recently, however, the artist's family members and researchers have criticized distortions and a mystification of Kahlo's life – who, when she became a “pop” icon, had her artistic production overshadowed.
The exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, which seeks to deal with the artist's work and her positions in depth and care, gains even more relevance at a time when US President Donald Trump talks about building a wall between the US and Mexico. In a recent interview, the museum's director, Anne Pasternak, spoke about the importance of “reinforcing cultural bridges”, not creating walls. The exhibition is on view until May 12 at the New York Museum.