Frida’s Garden

Cactus Garden - Casa Azul Exhibit at NYBG

Cactus Garden – Casa Azul Exhibit at NYBG

Got up to the Bronx to see  “Frida Kahlo: Art,Garden, Life”  at The New York Botanical Garden .   A great way to spend an afternoon!   As you might expect, the main feature is the evocation of the artist’s garden and studio at the Casa Azul (Blue House), her home in Mexico City.   Kahlo drew inspiration from her garden, as can be seen from the botanical imagery that suffuses much of her work.  At Casa Azul, Kahlo and her husband the muralist Diego Rivera cultivated a wide variety of plants, both native and non-native to Mexico: cacti, dahlias, sunflowers, roses and ivy, to name a few.  Without exactly re-creating their garden, this exhibit captures its feeling and flavor. 

The Two Fridas by Humberto Spindola

The Two Fridas by Humberto Spindola

There is also a small display of 14 of Kahlo’s works that use botanical imagery in the Garden’s Art Gallery, as well as an installation of paper dresses inspired by Kahlo’s double self portrait, “The Two Frida’s”.

Over at the Garden’s Ross Gallery is “The Mexico City of Frida and Diego” which details places in Mexico City where you can find Kahlo’s and Rivera’s works, as well as a hand-drawn whimsical “blue print” of Casa Azul.  Interesting that it shows indoor plumbing for the family, but an outhouse was specifically designated “WC for the servants”

The Garden offers concerts, dance and film programs in conjunction with this exhibit, which continues through November 1.  For more information click here  

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