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Frida Kahlo, her photos

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Frida Kahlo, her photos 
Free exhibition, Bendigo Art Gallery
December 8 2018 to February 10 2019

Frida Kahlo, her photos 

Hilda Trujillo Soto, Director of the Casa Azul Frida Kahlo Museum will be on hand to discuss this significant collection of photographs, which were rediscovered decades after the passing of Kahlo's husband Diego Rivera.

Bendigo Art Gallery is proud to present another Australian exclusive, Frida Kahlo, her photos. The free exhibition documents the renowned Mexican artist’s love of photography and features a vast collection of photographs meticulously accumulated over the course of her life.

This exhibition, Frida Kahlo, her photos draws from the extensive archive of the Casa Azul (Blue House), Kahlo’s former home and now a museum dedicated to this much loved artist’s life and work.

First revealed to the public in 2007, the Casa Azul photographic archive was inaccessible for five decades and consists of more than 6500 images, of which some 241 are shown in this exhibition curated by Mexican photographer and photography historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio.

Kahlo’s interest in photography began in childhood – both her father, Guillermo Kahlo and her maternal grandfather were professional photographers.  Throughout her life she collected images, building an extensive collection of personal photographs, often intervening on them with paint, written words or lipstick kisses. A number were also used as reference material for her work.

The photos capture the interests and obsessions she grappled with throughout her life:  her family, her fascination for Diego Rivera and other loves, her friends and enemies, political struggles and art, the pre-Columbian past and her great love for Mexico and its traditions. 

Frida Kahlo, her photos also reveals several photographs of her contemporaries including Man Ray, Martin Munkácsi, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Pierre Verger, and Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.

Frida Kahlo, her photos, Bendigo Art Gallery, 8 December 2018 – 10 February 2019.  FREE.

Exclusive to Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia, this exhibition is toured by Terra Esplêndida.  Banco de Mexico is the fiduciary of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums.

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