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Hun­gar­ian Na­tional Gallery, Bu­dapest, Hun­gary Show­ing from: 7 July - 4 Novem­ber 2018

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Prob­a­bly the most defin­ing and iconic fe­male artist of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury, Frida Kahlo, is the sub­ject of an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­seum of Fine Arts – Hun­gar­ian Na­tional Gallery, in the sum­mer of 2018. Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mex­ico City, and sev­eral other im­por­tant Mex­i­can col­lec­tions, more than 30 paint­ings and other works by the artist are be­ing brought on loan to Bu­dapest.

The se­lec­tion – which not only fea­tures the artist’s hall­mark self-por­traits, but also in­cludes such ma­jor works as her very first can­vas, painted in 1927, as well as paint­ings and por­traits in­spired by the events in her life, works suf­fused with sym­bol­ism, draw­ings, and even pho­to­graphs – of­fers a glimpse in­side the evoca­tive, yet phys­i­cally and men­tally tor­mented in­ner world of Frida Kahlo, and shows us the myth­i­cal re­al­ity that she ex­pe­ri­enced and recre­ated.

Due to a child­hood ill­ness and an ac­ci­dent as a teenager, Kahlo was of­ten in in­tol­er­a­ble pain, and found es­cape from her suf­fer­ing in paint­ing, and the source of her art was her own self. The stiff, hi­er­atic self-por­traits were pro­jec­tions of the artist’s in­ner world, which helped her to cre­ate a new, ver­sa­tile and ex­cit­ing ego, ra­di­ant with en­ergy, with which to con­front the out­side world. Her work was also richly nour­ished by Mex­i­can folk cul­ture and by the his­tor­i­cal, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and ethno­graphic el­e­ments of Mex­ico be­fore the Span­ish con­quest.

Frida Kahlo, The Bro­ken Col­umn 1944

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