'Frida Kahlo: alas para volar', abierta hasta noviembre en Madrid. Cortesía Fundación Casa de México
Frida Kahlo: wings to fly', open until November in Madrid. Courtesy Fundación Casa de México

'Alas para volar': a major Frida Kahlo retrospective arrives in Madrid

The Fundación Casa de México in Spain hosts from May 7 to November 30 a selection of works and photographs by the Mexican artist.


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If you are planning to visit Madrid during the summer vacations, you have a cultural plan guaranteed. On May 7, the Casa de Mexico Foundation in Madrid inaugurated the exhibition 'Alas para volar' (Wings to fly), a selection of 31 original works and 91 photographs by Frida Kalho, one of the most famous Mexican artists in the world.  
The exhibition, which can be visited until November 30, focuses not only on the complex artistic production of the Mexican painter, but also on her human side.

With original works from private collections, one of them from the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico, and photographs by renowned Mexican photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the exhibition explores the biographical context and the intimate part; it invites the viewer to enjoy the aesthetic and understand the historical moment in which she lived.

Throughout the four exhibition halls, Casa de México offers the public the opportunity to get to know, in greater depth, this Mexican artist who managed to convey themes that are still valid today: pain, death, the vindication of women, gender violence, relationships, motherhood, the human body, nature, the pre-Hispanic heritage and the Mexican.

Among the most outstanding works are ten of his most famous self-portraits, including La columna rota, Diego y yo, Autorretrato con changuito, Mi nana y yo and Hospital Henry Ford. They are joined by a series of videos and photographs by renowned Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and an installation with pages from his diary.

"We wish that the amazement and enthusiasm of our visitors as they come face to face with Frida's works will allow them not only to learn more about the artist but also more about themselves," said Ximena Caraza Campos. General Director of Fundación Casa de México in Spain, during the inauguration.

As reported by the online media, the last time Madrid hosted an exhibition with original works by Frida Kahlo was in 1985, in the facilities of the National Library. 

The exhibition at the Casa America Foundation coincides with The Immersive Experience of Frida Kahlo, an exhibition in virtual reality format that opened in Madrid last November and since then has been extending its programming given the success of the public obtained, in a clear example that, 70 years after the artist's death, 'Fridomania' is still a very real phenomenon. 

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderón was born in 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico City, although she always said she was born in 1910, the year of the Mexican Revolution. Daughter of the German photographer Guillermo Kahlo, she had a complicated childhood due to the poliomyelitis she suffered. The disease gave her many problems in her right leg, until it had to be amputated. In addition, at the age of 18, she suffered a tragic accident that left her in a life of convalescence. Her first drawings were from bed. In 1929 she married the painter Diego Rivera, with whom she had a stormy and passionate relationship that did not prevent her from growing as an artist.

After suffering the amputation of her right leg in 1953, Frida Kahlo wrote in her diary: "Pies para qué los quiero si tengo alas pa' volar" ("Why do I want feet if I have wings to fly"). This thought is perhaps what best defines her personality and what gives name to this exhibition at Fundación Casa de México en España, in Madrid.

The amount (without commissions) of the entrance fee will be donated to Fundación Casa de México in Spain, in particular, to the scholarship program for Mexican students.


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