LONDON (Reuters) – Frida Kahlo’s eyebrow pencil, lipstick, garments and prosthetic leg are among the many Mexican artist’s personal belongings going on present in London, the primary time her possessions might be on display exterior her dwelling nation.
More than 200 gadgets from the “Blue House”, the house Kahlo shared together with her muralist husband Diego Rivera in Mexico City, might be showcased in “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” on the Victoria and Albert museum.
A trove of Kahlo’s belongings was discovered in the “Blue House”, now a museum, in 2004, some 50 years after they have been hidden away by Rivera following Kahlo’s dying in 1954 from pneumonia on the age of 47.
Her colourful embroidered outfits, jewellery and cosmetics such because the eyebrow pencil she used to spotlight her mono forehead, pink nail varnish and pink lipstick are on present.
“We see Frida as the person, Frida the artist but also the woman,” Circe Henestrosa, exhibition co-curator, advised Reuters.
“I met Frida personally for the first time when I went through her archive, and I found a woman who loved perfume, who loved to dress up, who didn’t let her disabilities define her but she defined who she was in her own terms.”
Kahlo, whose self-portraits celebrated Mexican custom, suffered a bout of polio when she was a toddler that left one in all her legs thinner. At 18, she broke her backbone in a bus accident. Her leg was later amputated, and Kahlo dressed her prosthetic leg, on present on the museum, in a pink leather-based boot with embroidered dragon motifs.
In the exhibition, which opens on Saturday, Kahlo’s belongings are paired with photos of the artist in the identical apparel.
“We wanted to establish her relationship between art and dress because she mainly did self-portraits and she portrayed herself wearing all this Mexican garments,” Henestrosa mentioned.
Reporting by Emily Roe; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Mark Heinrich