Frida Kahlo. A life in pictures’
Frida Kahlo. A life in pictures is the title of the exhibition promoted by the Municipality of Riccione, Department of Culture and organized by Civita Mostre e Musei and Maggioli Cultura, will be open to the public from 26 November to 1 May 2023.
It traces the life of the great Mexican artist through images, starting from her childhood and youth, in the shots of her father, Guillermo Khalo, who was a photographer by profession, to then pass, over time, from the gaze of other great photographers and photographs of his era. An exhibition that the municipal administration deliberately inaugurated on 25 November, on the occasion of the world day against violence against women, “as a sign of homage to a woman overwhelmed by violence, who was stronger than everything and who continues to be for women around the world a powerful symbol of independence and freedom, says the mayor Daniel Angelini,
“We are very proud to host an exhibition in Riccione that gives us the portrait of a great artist and a free, nonconformist woman. Frida is a central figure of Mexican art, the most famous Latin American painter of the 20th century”, he said. said SandraVillacouncilor of culture.
“The exhibition project dedicated to Frida Kahlo must be understood as the continuation of a season of exhibitions started with Elliott Erwitt and continued with Steve McCurry. The trait d’union is the ability that these artists, although so different, have – with their works and with their lives – to speak to young people, who are the main recipients we wish to speak to through the language of photography and art”. he claims Giorgio Sotira, CEO of Civita Exhibitions and Museums. The curator echoes him, Vincent Sanfo. “With this exhibition, the rawest aspects of her suffering are somehow spared us in favor of images that portray her as she probably wanted to be: an elegant, emancipated woman, surrounded by loved ones and joyful people. The extraordinary life of Frida it is here reproposed and immortalized in the photographs that see it portrayed by some of the greatest photographers of his time, many of whom have since become myths”.
The exhibition itinerary first of all reconstructs the context in which his personality was established: it is Mexico in the early twentieth century, crossed by a revolution that changed its history, thanks to humble peasants and heroic protagonists such as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. The epic and myth of the Mexican revolution will remain imprinted in Frida’s mind and will forge her indomitable character, fueling her sense of rebellion against bourgeois conventions and the impositions of a strongly male-dominated society. The events of the Kahlo family are grafted into this context. Guillermo, the father, is a professional photographer of German origin, who arrived in Mexico in 1891 and soon fell in love with the country that welcomed him. His activity is testified by some photographs taken on behalf of the Austrian government, to document the churches of Mexico, erected in the colonial period.