New York Botanical Garden Will Recreate Frida Kahlo’s Garden

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Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Courtesy the Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin. ©2014 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museum Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Next spring the New York Botanical Garden will plant Frida Kahlo‘s garden in the Bronx. The installation, inspired by the Mexican artist’s love of nature and the verdant garden she kept at her home and studio in Mexico City, Casa Azul (or “Blue House”), will be accompanied by an exhibition of more than a dozen works by Kahlo highlighting the natural and floral motifs in her oeuvre. Among the works on view will be  Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940) and Self-Portrait Inside a Sunflower (1954). The garden installation and indoor show of paintings and drawings is being curated by Adriana Zavala, a professor of Latin American modern and contemporary art at Tufts University, and will run May 16–November 1, 2015.

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Garden courtyard of The Blue House, Museo Frida Kahlo, in Mexico City.
Photo: Peter Andersen, via Wikimedia Commons.

“‘Frida Kahlo’s Garden’ will be a one-of-a-kind exhibition that will provide an in-depth look at Kahlo’s work and artistic environment and also celebrate the energy and sophistication of Mexican culture,” NYBG president and CEO Gregory Long said in a statement. “Frida Kahlo is a profoundly important artist whose work reflects the complexity of the artist’s life and times. The Garden is proud to present this focused look at Kahlo’s work, which examines how it was influenced by nature.”


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