Back in the day (am I old enough to say that yet?), my mom used to volunteer at my school, leading the Meet the Masters program. Run since 1985, the program is designed to teach kids all about art, and the “masters” that shaped each art period.
Of all the impressive artists I learned about, one particularly stood out as my favorite: Frida Kahlo.
With her influences in surrealism and cubism, and direct artistic depictions of her physical and emotional struggles, Kahlo mesmerized me with her work at first sight.
To my excitement, the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ) is holding the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art exhibit from April 11th until August 20th, 2017!
The art collection has paintings from these famous Mexican artists, plus behind-the-scenes photography and fashion reminiscent of Frida’s style.
Luke and I went (unknowingly) on Free Summer Sunday; it was super crowded, but saved us almost $40 on museum admission. Special exhibits still cost extra on top of museum entrance, so check out all the pricing info here.
The entrance to the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit was lined with selfie opportunities… literally! Bright floral walls and Frida-inspired art were set up purposely for visitors to take selfies with.
The exhibit starts with over 50 pictures (some even taken by Kahlo’s father), showing the artists in work.
You can see Kahlo’s Self Portrait as a Tehuana (also known as Diego on my Mind), as she was painting it, AND in person!
The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit has some of their most famous work.
I can’t believe I got to see Frida’s Self-Portrait with Monkeys up so close!
It’s incredible how similar, yet how different each of her self portraits are.
Unfortunately, the Heard Museum is the only place to see this traveling exhibit in North America on its worldwide tour.
The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit is only in town 2 more weeks, so catch it while you can!
Have you been to this amazing art exhibit? Any recommendations for local art collections in the Phoenix area?
As always, happy travels!