Our fourth day in Mexico City was dedicated to the Museo Frida Kahlo (Frida Kahlo Museum) at Casa Azul in Coyoacán. Even though admission was more than twice as
expensive as any other museum we’ve been to so far on the trip, it was well worth it, because we got to explore the house where Frida
was born, grew up and lived with Diego Rivera from 1929 to 1954 until her death. But I unfortunately didn’t pay extra to have the ability to take photos inside of the museum, so I had to be sneaky, and eventually got caught by the security cameras.
The beginning of the museum featured some of Frida’s artwork, including a portrait of her father, photographer Guillermo Kahlo, and paintings focusing on her inability to reproduce, a recurring theme throughout her career.
Some of Diego’s paintings were in the museum, including “La Quebrada,” which was dedicated to Frida, and three of his cubism pieces. There also were photographs of Frida from both her childhood and adulthood, her family and her friends, like León Trotsky, the Marxist revolutionary who lived in Casa Azul for a couple of years after he was exiled from Russia.
Several of the rooms in the house, including the kitchen, Frida’s day and night bedrooms and her studio, were recreated for the museum and featured her belongings, such as the mirror she used for self-portraits, her easel, her death mask and the urn that holds her ashes.
The house’s courtyard features beautiful gardens, statues and a small-scale pyramid. It also has an area where visitors can sit and watch a video about Frida’s life, which delves her complicated relationship with Diego and her love affairs with other artists and intellectuals.
On display in an adjoining house at the museum are several of Frida’s iconic outfits, headpieces and corsets, which were locked in a bathroom at the house until 2004. The exhibition, titled “Las Apariencias Engañan: Los Vestidos de Frida Kahlo,” highlights how she used clothing to celebrate indigenous Mexican culture and hide her physical disabilities.
Needless to say, it was incredibly inspiring to see the place where Frida lived day-to-day and created her breathtaking artwork.