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Frida Kahlo at the Tate Modern

See this artist's works at the Tate Modern.

The Georgian House Hotel is a great place to stay if you are planning a visit to the Tate Modern. The hotel is located in a quiet, safe area close to Victoria Station and just a short bus or tube journey to the Tate Modern. Call us on Tel: +44 (0)207 834 1438.
Frida Kahlo Exhibition

Who was Frida Kahlo?

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, born on 6th July 1907 and died on 13th July 1954.

Frida Kahlo was a singular personality, characterized since her childhood by a deep sense of independence and rebellion against social and moral habits. She was moved by passion and sensuality, proud of her "Mexicanidad" and cultural tradition set against the reigning Americanization: everything mixed with a peculiar sense of humor.

Frida Kahlo claimed to be born in 1910 which was the year of the outbreak of the Mexican revolution; this was because she wanted her life to begin together with the modern Mexico.

The Life of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s life was marked by physical suffering, started with the polio contracted at the age of five and worsened by a near fatal bus accident in 1925. She suffered severe injuries to her body owing to a pole that pierced her from the stomach to the pelvis. The medicine of her time tortured her body with surgical operations (32 throughout her life), corsets of different kinds and mechanical "stretching" systems. Because of these injuries, much of her works were painted lying in the bed. Frida Kahlo was also never able to have any children which were a great sorrow for her.

She had a great love, Diego Rivera (she married twice with this man and dedicated to him a passionate diary) but also many lovers, men and women, such as Leon Trotsky and André Breton's wife....

Frida Kahlo - Her Famous Works

Frida Kahlo had always dreamt of being a famous doctor, however whilst recovering from her dreadful injuries, she taught herself to paint. Having never studied art, Frida studied the works of the Italian Renaissance and began to paint for any visitors and relatives willing to pose for her. She then gave the paintings away as gifts.

Amongst her many paintings, the most famous ones that will be on display at the Tate Modern are:

  • The Bus (1929) - one of Frida Kahlo's early works
  • My Grandparent, My Parents and I - painted by Frida in 1936, setting out her genealogy.
  • The Two Fridas (1939) - Her most famous painting - a double portrait created during her separation and divorce from Diego.

Frida Kahlo's position as a globally recognised cult figure has become so powerful that at times it threatened to overshadow her art. First and foremost, Frida Kahlo was a painter, and for this reason Tate Modern's exhibition focuses upon the frank testimony of the paintings themselves. Between 1926, when she made her first self-portrait, and her death in 1954, Frida Kahlo produced around 200 images. Certainly the biographical details of her remarkable life inflect many aspects of her work, yet her depiction of her body and experiences can also be seen as a response to wider cultural and political debates. For all their apparent naivety, her works frequently reveal an incendiary subtext, whether they are questioning power relationships between developed and developing nations, testing the role of women within patriarchal society, or attempting to reconcile the global histories and religions of East and West.

For more information visit www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/kahlo

Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan a trip to the Tate Modern? You can book online or email to make a reservation onreception@georgianhousehotel.co.uk, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438