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Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life Exhibition at New York Botanical Garden

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Frida Kahlo’s garden and studio have been recreated at the New York Botanical Garden.

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is the first solo New York show dedicated to the Mexican artist for 25 years.

The exhibition includes original paintings by Frida Kahlo which reflect the use of botanical imagery in her work.

Frida Kahlo, who died 60 years ago, remains best known for her searing self-portraits and her use of intense, vibrant colors.

Curator Joanna Groarke: “We were inspired by Frida Kahlo’s art but also by the artistry of her garden in Mexico City.

“We knew from studying her paintings that she was a careful observer of nature and plants, but we learnt when we studied her more that she was also a very passionate plants person.”Frida Kahlo Art, Garden, Life Exhibition at New York Botanical Garden

Frida Kahlo: Art Garden Life exhibition, which runs to November 1, sees the Botanical Garden’s Enid A Haupt Conservatory transformed into Kahlo’s family home Casa Azul (The Blue House).

The exhibition recreates the blue courtyard walls, a scale version of a pyramid created to display pre-Columbian art collected by her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo’s studio.


It follows a similar project at the New York Botanical Garden in 2012, which re-imagined Claude Monet’s flower and water gardens at Giverny.

Frida Kahlo lived her entire life, from 1907 to 1954, in the cobalt-blue house in Coyoacan, outside Mexico City.

She began to paint in 1925 while recovering from a bus accident that left her in constant pain and permanently disabled, leading to more than 30 operations.

Frida Kahlo’s inclusion of plants and nature in her work spans her entire career, but was most intensive during the 1940s and ’50s when her health declined and she was increasingly confined to her home.

Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.