Sunday, March 28, 2010

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

There is a scene in the film, Frida that kept coming back to me as I was viewing the photographs of Nickolas MurayFrida and Diego are standing in a doorway and make an agreement to remain friends, comrades and colleagues only. 

I had to go hunt that scene down for y'all.

I heard about a new exhibit on the topic of Frida Kahlo, apparently another friend, colleague and lover photographed Frida during the time spent with her. Nickolas Muray was a Hungarian photographer working in America.  Muray's most recognizable photograph was actually a picture of Frida, but he shot pictures of several of the biggest celebrities. 

One of the first things on display, after a brief bio of both Frida's and Nickolas' life and careers, was a love letter from Frida to Nickolas. 

                       I love you like I would an angel.
                       You are my Lillie of the valley my love.
                       I will never forget you, never, never.
                       You are my whole live.
                       I hope you will never forget this.
                                       May 31st, 1931

Two photos,
almost identical poses with both men. Interesting. In case you are not familiar with either, Diego Rivera is in the first and Nickolas Muray is in the second. 

The other photo that really caught my attention, was this one
See those hands?  The earrings. If you are familiar with Frida's paintings, you understand the interest.  The earrings were a gift, a gift from Picasso. I recognized the earrings, but could not remember where I had seen them until I saw them again.  

The overall collection, while small, is an interesting set of photographs.  Many of them were simple portraits of Frida, I fell in love with all the color.  I seriously thought about painting something cerulean, magenta or kelly green, but then I thought better of it and decided it was time for a new wardrobe. 

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray is at the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures till today- sadly.  But the exhibit is touring at several locations throughout the States for the rest of the year.  If the exhibit lands anywhere you, make sure to check it out. 

You can view the current tour schedule, here.  



  1. Cool! I'll have to check this out online and see if it's coming anywhere near me. Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. Seit über einem Jahr (Feb. 2009) ist die Dauerausstellung
    Frida Kahlo: „Leid und Leidenschaft“ im Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden zu sehen.

    Über 111 Gemälde werden auf einer Ausstellungsfläche von 600 qm gezeigt. Es handelt sich dabei um die umfangreichste Frida Kahlo Ausstellung aller Zeiten.

    Die Besucher können das gesamte Lebenswerk der mexikanischen Künstlerin Frida Kahlo sehen. Angefangen bei ihrem ersten Selbstbildnis „Selbstbildnis mit Samtkleid„ bis zu ihrem letzten Stilleben: „Viva la Vida“.
    Die gezeigten Gemälde sind einzigartige lizenzierte Repliken von: © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
    Sie wurden von Meisterkünstlern in aufwendiger Handarbeit auf Original-Material (Öl auf Leinwand, Holz, Metall oder Glas) in Originalgröße gemalt.

    Die Ausstellung bietet ein umfassendes Eintauchen in das Werk und das Leben der Frida Kahlo. Neben den Gemälden sind auch Kleider und Schmuck zusehen. Der Garten der „Casa Azul“, (das Blauen Haus - das Haus ihrer Familie) mit seiner aztekischen Pyramide, den pre-kolumbianischen Tonfiguren und den exotischen Pflanzen sind im Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund nachempfunden.