Frida Kahlo at Bozar: small but not to be missed

Just back from the new Frida Kahlo exhibition at Bozar (Brussels), and I’m happy to give it my stamp of approval. Be warned though: this is not a big, retrospective of the Mexican painter (1907-1954). Frida Kahlo y su mundo only comprises 19 paintings, 1 etching, 6 drawings and a number of photographs. They are on display in the ‘basement’, where Bozar had its Sexties exhibition as well. The room is darkened, which makes Kahlo’s warm colors stand out even more in the spotlights. And it helps to create a dreamlike atmosphere. The downside is that everyone has trouble reading the little booklet with more info on the paintings. All the paintings are from a Mexican private collection:  the Museo Dolores Olmedo. Olmedo (who sat as a nude model for Kahlo’s husband Diego Rivera) bought 27 paintings from Kahlo’s neighbour, in 1955, at Rivera’s insistence; even though she wasn’t exactly a fan of Kahlo’s work. (Frida Kahlo y su mundo, till April 18, Bozar, Brussels; info here)

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