Frida Kahlo’s Garden
April 6-May 25
(included with general garden admission, members are free)
Join us for our spring exhibition featuring an intimate look at Frida Kahlo and the inspiration behind her world-renowned works of art. Explore iconic photographs of the artist Frida Kahlo (1907-54) and her home and garden in Mexico City and view reproductions of several of her paintings. Learn about native Mexican plants that were grown in her garden, view a dress from the Mexican state of Oaxaca where Kahlo sourced many of her dresses and see examples of folk art collected by Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera.
The garden at Casa Azul(or Blue House), Kahlo’s lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, was a creative refuge and a source of inspiration for the artist and her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957). The garden, which was filled with native plants, housed Kahlo and Rivera’s collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts and folk art displayed on a four-tiered pyramid inspired by the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan. This exhibition offers insights into the ways in which the garden at Casa Azul, the diversity of plant life in Mexico, and the rich cultural history of the country nourished the creativity of the world’s great artists.
SAGES: Frida Kahlo’s Garden
Thursday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Learn about the important influence of flora and fauna on Frida Kahlo’s art and daily life. This illustrated talk, presented by Stephanie Fox Knappe, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will provide biographical details and highlights of Kahlo’s fascinating career with special attention paid to her relationship with plants and their impact on her artistic expression. Stephanie Fox Knappe holds a doctoral degree in art history from University of Kansas. At KU, Knappe taught several courses in addition to serving as acting curator of European and American painting and sculpture at the Spencer Museum of Art before joining the curatorial staff at the Nelson-Atkins where she curated the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.
Location: Powell Gardens Visitor Center
$35/per person (includes a box lunch following the lecture)