This winter, the Brooklyn Museum will present a landmark exhibition that explores the art and identity of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Called Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, this ambitious show will present the various elements that “played a part in defining Kahlo’s self-presentation in her work and life.”
According to the Brooklyn Museum, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is based on Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, a recent exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Like its British counterpart, this new exhibition will tell Kahlo’s story through three main channels: revealing photographs, iconic paintings, and authentic artifacts.
Ranging from rare childhood portraits taken by her father to a well-known series shot by photographer Nickolas Muray, the photographs featured in the exhibit offer an intimate glimpse into Kahlo’s short life. To both contrast and complement these objective images, the exhibit will also showcase ten of the artist’s self-portraits and a selection of drawings.
Finally, the exhibit will present possessions taken from La Casa Azul(“The Blue House”), Kahlo’s birthplace, childhood home, and place of death. Making their American debut, these telling artifacts include “noteworthy examples of her iconic Tehuana clothing, contemporary and Mesoamerican jewelry, and some of the many hand-painted corsets and prosthetics used by the artist during her lifetime.”
Together, these paintings, photographs, and objects “illustrate how Kahlo crafted her appearance, and shaped her personal and public identity to reflect her cultural heritage and political beliefs while also addressing and incorporating her physical disabilities”—a complex approach taken by Kahlo in both her life and work.
Guillermo Kahlo, Frida Kahlo, c.1926. Silver gelatin print, 6 3⁄4 x 4 3⁄4 in. (17.2 x 12.2 cm). Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Archives. Bank of Mexico, Fiduciary in the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museum Trust
Ricardo Ayulardo, Family of Matilde Calderón y González, 1890. Silver gelatin print, 8 x 10 in. (20.2 x 25.2 cm). Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Archives. Bank of Mexico, Fiduciary in the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museum Trust
Exhibition view, Appearances Can Be Deceiving at the Frida Kahlo Museum, 2012. Photo by Miguel Tovar.
See this stunning show from February 8 to May 12, 2019.