Frida Kahlo

We visited Casa Azul (Blue House) in Mexico City. The cost to enter was 80 pesos pp ($6.70 aud). Kids 5 & under are free. If you want to take photos you have to pay an extra 60 pesos ($5.00 aud) . From here on out are quotes or information that is on the walls of the house. I have simply transcribed them… with a bit of me thrown in.

Beautiful collection

Beautiful collection

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” — Frida

Surrounded by art in all its forms.

Surrounded by art in all its forms.

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” — Frida

pre-Hispanic cooking pots.

pre-Hispanic cooking pots.

This kitchen contains a typical Mexican hearth. Although gas stoves were commonly used at the time Diego & Frida lived here, they preferred to cook the old-fashioned way, with wood, and to prepare the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and traditional dishes. Many of the pieces that decorate this space are no longer made.
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo recovered the aesthetic of pre-Hispanic and Mexican folk art.

Frida & Diegos kitchen

So vibrant.

“If we are not colours, aromas, our people, what are we? Nothing” This is how they explained it on numerous occasions and so they believed, painted and lived it.
Frida in her element“Perhaps they are waiting to hear my cries of ‘how much it means to suffer’ with a man like Diego. But I don’t think that the banks of a river suffer by letting it flow[…]”

Frida's wheelchair and easelIn this part of the house- designed by Juan O’Gorman in 1944 — artistic essence of Frida Kahlo is distilled: her brushes, her easel (a gift from Nelson Rockefeller), the mirror she used for her self-portraits, and her books— works of history, literature, art, and philosophy, many of them marked with her own drawings and poetry — which attest to the artist’s great intellectual curiosity.
paints paintbrushes Frida's workspace

At the same time, Frida’s admiration for pre-Hispanic cultures is reflected in the archaeological pieces adorning this space. There are also perfume flasks and varnish jars which the artist used to hold her paint.

Pastels paints & ink

All of the materials remain exactly as she left them. One striking feature of the studio is the painting which depicts the evolution of the human fetus, a reminder of Frida’s obsession with the maternity she was never able to achieve.

oil paints and mixing bowlsFrida’s Thoughts:

Frida's thoughts“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” — Frida

Frida's self-portraitDay and Night Bedrooms:
In the bedroom that Frida used during the daytime, one can see a photograph of herself painting and the mirror that her mother had put above the bed after the artists accident.

Frida's death mask

On the bedspread rests her death mask.

The night bedroom exhibits a collection of butterflies, a gift from American sculptor Isamu Noguchi to Frida. This space also holds the toy collection and the more than 40 dolls that the artist designed, all of them in her own image. Frida executed them in different styles: some are Chinese, Japanese, or Mexican. On the wall hangs an image of the self-portrait that Rivera painted for the mural at the Ministry of Public Education.

mirror in daybed for self portraits

The mirror her mum put above the bed.

To the side hangs an offset lithograph — Nude Descending a staircase — of the artist Marcel Duchamp, who was a friend of Frida. It is in this room’s bathroom where numerous dresses belonging to Frida were found and are now kept safe in the Blue House Archive.
The dressing table serves as an altar where Frida’s ashes rest. They are deposited in a pre-Hispanic urn with the design of a toad, a clear reference to Diego, who liked to call himself “the toad-frog.”

40 miniature dolls

The view of them on the balcony.

Diego to Frida

She had a view of the gardens when bedridden.

View from garden onto daybed

My picture of the same balcony in the above picture.

Diego’s thoughts on Frida’s art:

Diego speaking about Frida's art and soul

Diego Rivera

At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” — Frida ( I agree with that whole heartedly)

Another self-portrait

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The lush gardens they were surrounded by.

lush gardens in Casa Azul

Frida’s Thoughts:

Frida on remarrying Diego

The couples creative passion still lingers. I seriously felt tingles. Unfortunately I didn’t see as much art work as I hoped but it was an amazing experience non the less.

Casa Azul

Beautiful stone bench in the garden

She is well loved in Mexico.

Frida on the 500 pesos bill

Frida on the 500 peso bill

 Frida—  what an inspiration. Don’t you agree?

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