Art and exhibition news
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary Showing from: 7 July - 4 November 2018
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