Largest exhibition of the life and art of Frida Kahlo makes North American premiere in San DiegoEntertainment News, Online Only, Section 4A, Top Highlights Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
SAN DIEGO — The rich and colorful life of Frida Kahlo is revealed in The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story. The Exhibition, making its North American premiere in San Diego from Octo. 19 through Jan. 10, 2014, at historic NTC at Liberty Station. This is the only exhibition worldwide where all of her paintings can be seen in one place. Some paintings, especially from Kahlo’s early years, have never before been seen.
Presented by Global Entertainment Properties 1, LLC, (GEP1) the exhibition features 123 replicas of her known paintings in original size and original materials, and hand-painted in the same style as Kahlo painted them. These replicas, owned by GEP1, are painted by master artists and licensed by ©Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Mariella Remund and Hans-Jürgen Gehrke, passionate art lovers and collectors, and founders of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden, Germany, the city where Kahlo’s father spent his youth before emigrating to Mexico. Their vision for this exhibition was to not only touch the eyes and minds of the visitors, but above all, their hearts.
“Working with the talented and knowledgeable team from the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund will allow us to bring an exhibition that represents the largest and most complete Frida Kahlo collection ever assembled to audiences for the first time,” said Martin Biallas, CEO of GEP1. “Now visitors will be able to see every aspect of her life through this extensive collection of paintings, artifacts and photographs.”
According to Gehrke, “The exhibition is about more than just her paintings; it’s about gaining an understanding and appreciation of her life, her contributions to the world of art, her ideas on love and relationships as well as her views on politics.”
Also on display are over 500 fascinating possessions— jewelry, dresses and adornments identical to those Kahlo surrounded herself with, coming from the collection of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Germany.All are handmade using traditional methods, materials, and tools.
There is also a substantial collection of photos of Kahlo, her family, and friends in her work and life environments and a large collection of pre-Colombian through present-day Mexican folk art, which held a position of great importance in her and husband Diego Rivera’s lives.
Among the photos, the most admired is the stunning portrait of Kahlo taken by Nickolas Muray in 1939. This photograph, Frida in Blue Dress, is a limited edition of a portrait of Kahlo taken by Muray during their ten-year romantic relationship.
A favorite display is the recreation of Kahlo’s studio where she painted, as well as the bedroom with her signature canopy bed, reproduced one-to-one in size and materials to the smallest detail.
“This 360 degree view of her life and work allows visitors to totally immerse themselves in her artworks and to better understand Kahlo as well as Mexican history and culture,” says Dr. Mariella Remund.
Remund explained the reason for replicas instead of originals: All of Kahlo’s original works can never be seen in one place because Diego Rivera directed that her paintings in the Blue House at the moment of her death, cannot leave the Blue House, and a large number of her paintings are privately owned and not available for exhibitions.
Born in Coyoacan, Mexico City, in 1907, Kahlo became revered as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Through her art she championed the Mexican culture and became an icon in art, fashion, for the women’s movement and for her political beliefs. Her striking images, tumultuous relationships, passionate and tragic life-story continue to captivate a constantly growing worldwide following.
The exhibition is on display in historic Barracks 3 at the NTC Arts & Culture District in Liberty Station, 2765 Truxtun Road, 92106. Audio guides are available in English and Spanish. Tickets go on sale Oct. 3 and are available on line and at the door; they range from $12.50 to $16.50. The exhibition is open from Tuesday through Sunday. Details can be found at www.thecompletefrida.com.
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