Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

8 February–12 May 2019

Exhibition Overview


Frida Kahlo on Greenwich Village Rooftop, March 1939.

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the art and life of Frida Kahlo, and the first in the United States to display a collection of her personal possessions from the Casa Azul (Blue House), the artist's lifelong home in Mexico City. The objects, ranging from clothing, jewelry, and cosmetics to letters and orthopedic corsets, will be presented alongside works by Kahlo -- including ten key paintings and a selection of drawings -- as well as photographs of the artist, all from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art. Related historical film and ephemera, as well as objects from the Brooklyn Museum's extensive holdings of Mesoamerican art, are also included. Offering an intimate glimpse into the artist's life, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving explores how politics, gender, clothing, national identities, and disability played a part in defining Kahlo's self-presentation in her work and life.

(Photo courtesy of Nickolas Muray Photo Archives.)

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