Frida holding an Olmec figurine at her home, La Casa Azul, in 1939. Photo by Nikolas Muray. Click to start slide show
Now the Museo Frida Kahlo in Coyoácan, a suburb of Mexico City, the Casa Azul (the blue building) was expanded with a studio and bridge connecting the two by Diego Rivera to give Frida more space for her work. Note the fence of cactus around the property!
The Casa Azul patio depicted in one of the panels at the New York Botanical Garden
IMG 3130 Frida’s studio is reimagined in this vignette of her work table with brushes and pots of paint in the NYBG Conservatory.
The re-created pyramid from the Casa Azul garden is adorned with native flowering plants and cacti.
Rear of the pyramid shows the variety of cacti that are native to Mexico.
Pots of marigolds appear throughout the show. In Aztec Nahuatl the word cempoaxo´chitl means “20 flowers.” Marigolds have been cultivated since the pre-Hispanic era and now figure prominently in the Día de los Muertos celebrations as an offering to the dead.
The Two Fridas is an interpretation of Frida’s painting of the Two Fridas. Here artist Humberto Spindola creates finely wrought costumes made of paper that appear outside the paintings display in the NYBG Mertz Gallery and Library.
Frida Kahlo wearing a signature colorful look. Photo by Nickolas Muray. Kahlo adopted Tehuana dress –usually a floral headpiece, square-cut blouse and long skirt – to demonstrate her love of native Tehuantepec culture and to hide her legs which had been weakened by polio as a child.