LIFE IN PICTURES
The iconic Frida Kahlo and her lover are
spotlighted in a must-see exhibition. Frida Kahlo used her flamboyant personal style as a weapon of self-identity, making a statement in her sensual paintings about herself as a woman, a survivor (Kahlo suffered chronic pain as the result of a bus accident in her youth), a lover, and a Mexican.
“Once Diego and Frida married, she wore indigenous Tehuana dresses from Oaxaca,” says Suhanya Raffel, director of collections and deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, of the traditional maxidresses Kahlo favoured, which also covered her injured legs. “Oaxaca was a rare matriarchal society in a largely patriarchal country. To Frida, its costume was a symbol of power.”
A third of this talented artist’s work mirrored her personal pain, enduring beauty, and tumultuous 24-year marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera. Some of the rich, emotive paintings are on display at the exhibition ‘Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection’. Until October 23 at Art Gallery of New South Wales. www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
Frida Kahlo photographed in 1938