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Brooklyn Museum Announces Frida Kahlo's Exhibit For The First Time In The US

The Brooklyn Museum in New York City has announced that the exhibit Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving will be opening on February 8th, 2019. It will be the first U.S. exhibition to display a collection of Kahlo’s personal possessions from the Casa Azul, the artist’s lifelong home in Mexico City, the museum announced recently.

“We are absolutely thrilled to feature such an iconic and globally recognized artist in one of her largest exhibitions in New York City to date,” said Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy, director at the Brooklyn Museum. “Focused on the life and work of Frida Kahlo, the show comes at an important time, when it is critical to build cultural bridges between the United States and Mexico.”

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According to the Brooklyn Museum, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is based on Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, a recent exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which marked the first time Kahlo’s personal objects from the Blue House went on display outside Mexico. The exhibit explores how politics, gender, clothing, and disability played a part in defining her work and life. Like its British counterpart, this new exhibition will tell Kahlo’s story through Kahlo’s personal artifacts, including examples of her iconic Tehuana clothing, Mesoamerican jewelry, and some of Kahlo’s hand-painted corsets and prosthetics, Lonely Planet reports.

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Ranging from rare childhood portraits taken by her father to a well-known series shot by photographer Nickolas Muray, the photographs featured in the exhibit offer an intimate glimpse into Kahlo’s short life. The exhibit will also showcase ten of the artist’s self-portraits and a selection of drawings.

“Under-recognized in her lifetime, Kahlo has become a feminist icon over the past four decades,” said Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator at the Brooklyn Museum. “The show expands our understanding of Kahlo by revealing the unique power behind the ways she presented herself in the world and depicted herself in her art.”

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The exhibit illustrates how Kahlo shaped her appearance, as well as her personal and public identity to reflect her cultural heritage and political beliefs. She also addressed and intrinsically interwove her physical disabilities in both her life and work.

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is a timed ticketed exhibition and will be on view from Friday, February 8th, to Sunday, May 12th, 2019. Member tickets will be available starting November 26th, before tickets go on sale to the public on December 3rd, and will range from $20 – $25 for adults. Untimed tickets, which allow visitors to enter any time on a specific date, will be available for $35. For more information, visit the Brooklyn Museum website. 

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