04 Dec

Visiting Frida and Diego in Mexico City

I’ve been slow to share photos and write more about my trip to Mexico last month, mostly because enough time has now passed that it almost feels like it didn’t happen. It was such a brief trip that I mostly tried not to have expectations or make specific plans in advance about what to see.

I visited two art museums in Mexico City and that was pretty much it, but they were moving and inspiring experiences. The first was Museo Mural Diego Rivera which houses the work of its famous namesake. Unfortunately for us there was only a single piece of work on display during our visit, because the building was under repair (possibly because of earthquake damage), but it was a spectacular piece of work. Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Almeda Park is a fifty foot fresco rich in symbolism and figures from Mexican history, including Rivera as a boy and Frida Kahlo.

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

View the entire mural and read more about it here.

The one place I felt I had to visit while in Mexico City was the house turned museum that once belonged to Frida Kahlo. It was a bit of an ordeal to get there across the city from where we were staying, but I was deeply moved to be in a place where this powerful artist once lived her life and made art. My favourite part of the visit was viewing the small collection of recently discovered items of clothing, support garments, and prosthetics. It was a strong reminder of her striking personal style, and struggles with debilitating health issues.

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It felt like paying tribute when I took the above self-portrait of Boris and I in a mirror located in Frida Kahlo’s bedroom.

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An unfinished self-portrait by Frida Kahlo.

Below are a few photos I took in her light-filled studio, which was my other favourite part of the visit. What a beautiful place it must have been for her to do her work.

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The large and spectacular Día de Muertos alter was set up in the court yard, with a beautiful black & white photo dedicating it to the memory of Frida.

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