Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera make their Virtual Reality debut in the United States
Mexican Geniuses: A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience begins its United States tour with a stop in Washington DC.
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With all due respect to the Van Gogh Immersive Experience playing out in various cities throughout the country, it's time for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to shine.
"Mexican Geniuses" - A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience is an original exhibition created by Fever and Brain Hunter to portray the life and work of two legendary Mexican artists.
The exhibit is a personalized experience that places the minds of Kahlo and Rivera at your fingertips. You are taken into their world, their dreams and how they grew as people and artists. In the exhibition, you will see many replicas of Kahlo’s and Rivera's works of art through the years.
You first enter the exhibit through a replica of Rivera’s and Kahlo's Blue House in Coyoacan, Mexico and are able to explore Rivera's studio. The huge digital fresco depicted on the screen shows everyone the large scale of his artwork in comparison to Kahlo’s. Rivera had a collection of "Judas Sculptures. The tradition of "Burning the Judas" on Holy Saturday was introduced during Mexico's colonial period.
Walking into Kahlo's space you will see that all of her art is to scale. One work, "The Wounded Table is a masterpiece that went missing in 1955 and is still unrecovered to this day. Her infamous piece, "The Two Fridas" was acclaimed much attention during the exhibit. Her space places you in an emotional rollercoaster where you ride with her to the apex of her artistic vision while being reminded of the plunge ahead with the leather corset and wheelchair nearby. She used both items towards the last decade of her life as her health worsened.
In the kitchen, you can experience the interactive tables, photographs of the couple and paintings of Kahlo that give the room its warmth and love. You will also see the menu for their wedding and Kahlo's recipe for Mole Poblano that was actually from Rivera's second wife, Lupe Marin.
Once out of the kitchen, you walk into the immersive gallery. The immersive gallery is made of 20 projectors and more than 300 images that combined the original artworks of both artists and photographs that were from more than 100 collections. Hearing the rendition of Kahlo's voice, fused with her artwork struck an emotional chord of pride with some of the visitors.
Children are encouraged to come and partake in the exhibition. There is a section called mural room where there is a life-size replica of the fresco, "Dream of a Sunday afternoon in Alameda Central Park." Anyone can grab a marker color of their choice and channel their inner Frida or Diego on the canvas. The characters in the fresco are based on real people or icons from Mexican culture, such as Catrina from the Dia de Los Muertos.
When you think you have seen it all, let's now visit Kahlo and Rivera in the afterlife. Wait. The Afterlife?
When you step into the VR room, you can embark on a journey into the afterlife. This narrative experience was created by 3D modeling artists and VR experts to celebrate the reuniting of the two artists to celebrate Dia de los Muertos and relive their past life.
The Frida and Diego Immersive Experience truly takes you on an emotional, spiritual and cultural journey into the lives of these world-renowned artists. Make time to come down to the DMV and check out the exhibition. The exhibition hours are Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will end its run in December.