Brussels, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts

The world of Frida Kahlo was a tortured one, the intensity of which comes through in the 19 paintings, an etching, six drawings and a number of photographs on loan from Mexico’s The Museo Dolores Olmedo Collection, which maintains the world’s largest private collection of her work.

Her life was burdened by chronic pain as the result of a tragic bus accident at the age of 17, which was also the catalyst to her painting career as the injuries left her immobilized in bed, from where she began to paint. Throughout her life, she also had a notoriously turbulent marriage with renowned mural painter Diego Rivera in the context of the political turmoil associated with the Mexican Revolution.

Her style was an enchanting mix of the vibrancy of indigenous Mexican culture mixed with styles of the Surrealist and Symbolist movements happening in Europe at the time. Kahlo traveled to France in 1939; the Louvre bought one of her paintings as the first work by a 20th century Mexican artist ever purchased by the museum.

The display of these works comes to Bozar as part of a larger festival celebrating Mexican culture. Also accompanying the exhibition are screenings of the films "Frida" (2003) by Julie Taymor and "Naturaleza Viva" (1984) by Paul Leduc.


January 16th, 2010 through April 18th, 2010
Rue Ravensteinstraat, 23
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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