FRIDA FEVER

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Good news for fans of Frida Kahlo: the vi­sion­ary Mex­i­can artist’s per­sonal pos­ses­sions have been loaned to Lon­don’s V&A af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered at her home, La Casa Azul, fifty years af­ter they were locked away by her hus­band (painter Diego Riviera) fol­low­ing her death in 1954. ‘Frida Kahlo: Mak­ing Her Self Up’ prom­ises an un­prece­dented in­sight into the enig­matic artist, whose out­fits, hair­styles and out­ward ap­pear­ance were an in­trin­sic part of her artis­tic iden­tity. The ex­hibits should daz­zle: there are tech­ni­colour skirts with flounces, a red Revlon lip­stick, corsets that Kahlo hand-painted her­self – even her pros­thetic leg ( laced into a dragon-adorned red boot) and trusty eye­brow pen­cil are on dis­play. In­te­ri­ors fiends should check out the re­cre­ation of La Caza Azul, in­trigu­ing in all its ob­jet- strewn do­mes­tic­ity (16 June–4 Novem­ber; vam.ac.uk). MORE COLOUR To chime with RHS Chelsea Flower Show, there will be Mex­i­can plants through­out Bel­gravia be­tween 19–26 May. Plus, Frida Kahlo: Mak­ing Her Self Up, a biog­ra­phy by V&A cu­ra­tor Claire Wil­cox, jux­ta­pos­ing the artist’s paint­ings and pos­ses­sions, is out on 8 May (£30, V&A Pub­lish­ing).

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