Posts Tagged ‘Frida Kahlo’

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Big City Lights: Frida Kahlo Retrospective

May 27, 2010

by Maya


“I paint self portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

Last Saturday my fellow goddesses and I went to the Frida Kahlo Retrospective that is currently being shown in the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin.

Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) was one of the most influential female artists and surrealists of the 20th century.

I have been interested in her work since my teens but have never had the chance to see an exhibition of her paintings. One piece of information that I didn’t have before was the fact that her father was an immigrant from Germany. So somehow it makes sense to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth (she changed her birth year to 1910 to coincide with the year of the Mexican Revolution) with such a comprehensive exhibition in Berlin. Bringing together the over 150 paintings and drawings that are owned by private collectors all around the world was an extremely complicated and tedious process.

The most striking aspect of her work is its utter expressiveness and how unbelievably personal it is. Nearly half of her paintings are self portraits. It is evident that her art is a manifestation of her emotional turmoil and physical pain. Her work is extremely rich, full of metaphors and symbolism. Its complexity makes it so difficult to grasp all the facets at first glance. Kahlo’s art makes you think. Her paintings are not just beautiful decorations. Actually some of them are the complete opposite of beautiful. They are highly disturbing and even painful.

If you are not familiar with Frida this exhibition will give you a great introduction to her art. The chronological display of her life and work helps to recognize her growth as an artist.
I was particularly fascinated by the many private photographs because they make her seem so real.

I can also recommend the movie “Frida” (2002) with Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina who plays her husband and famous muralist Diego Rivera. Of course this Hollywood-esque introduction to Kahlo does not compare to actually seeing her paintings in real life but Salma Hayek’s performance is really impressive. I remember loving this movie.

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Big City Lights!

May 24, 2010

by Maya

Hello everyone. I am finally back on track.

I’ve just returned from the most amazing weekend ever. Leaving behind my provincial hometown I visited our fellow goddesses Charlie and Kaede in Berlin. I spent four gloriously blissful days that were filled with amazing things that I simply need to share with you. Therefore you can expect several posts describing my cosmopolitan adventures.

These were the ultimate highlights of my trip:

Snow Patrol live at Tempodrom

Frida Kahlo Retrospective

– Finding the coolest party dress at the Galleries Lafayette

– and the most thrilling experience in a very long time: seeing the opera “Turandot” at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Stay tuned!

Photo credits: Marcus Klepper (www.fotocommunity.de)
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Artistic Berlin

May 17, 2010

by Charlie

Berlin is a treasure chest for art lovers.  Each day and for every taste there is something to discover, no matter if it’s a well known artist or an unknown photographer, a huge gallery or a tiny studio. Among the various exhibitions right now you’ll find three revolutionary artists each of them in their own special way.

There is Frida Kahlo with her work that shows pain and passion, there is the surreal, bizarre but genius Salvador Dalí and from the contemporary section you’ll find the spectacular Olafur Eliasson.

There is nothing new from my side that WIKIPEDIA couldn’t already tell about these artists. So I would say, refresh your knowledge and dive into the real exhibits. Enjoy! Have fun! And maybe you feel like sharing your impressions with us?!! 😉