LA Art Now: Frida Kahlo’s Colorful Wardrobe Unlocked After Being Hidden for 50 Years
Frida Kahlo, arguably the most important female Mexican artist of the 20th Century was as colorful as her clothes. When she passed away in 1954, her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera, anguished by her death, sealed her clothes and personal items in the bathroom of their Mexico City home and ordered to keep them hidden away until 15 years after his death. Rivera died only a few years after Kahlo, and their house was converted to a museum in her honor. The room with Kahlo's belongings, however, wasn't unlocked until 2004 when the museum decided to catalog its content. It invited renowned Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako to photograph the collection of more than 300 unseen relics. Filled with passion and power, like the artist, each relic sheds light on the harrowing, tragic yet astonishingly beautiful life of Frida Kahlo who was struck by a Mexico City bus and nearly killed in 1925 leaving her disabled and in horrible pain for the rest of her life. The tragedy also brought great insight to the artist's world prompting her to create the most significant self-portraits of any 20th Century artist. Viva Frida!