This Summer the New York Botanical Garden's blockbuster exhibition of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life examines her intense appreciation for botanicals and her love of Mexico. Visitors and Frida fans get the chance to experience the artist from a "botanical" point of view. Along with over a dozen original paintings and drawings by Kahlo the reimagined gardens transport you to Kahlo's studio and Mexico's natural world. Kahlo's paintings come alive as visitors walk through plants and surroundings that influenced the artist and were featured in her work.
Celebrated set designer Scott Pask, known for the sets of 'The Book of Mormon,' and the Botanical Garden's Monet exhibition, has approached this exhibition with the goal to bring Mexico to New York City. Pask incorporated elements from Casa Azul, Blue House, where Kahlo was born and lived with Diego Rivera until her death. Such elements include a reproduction of a bright yellow and red pyramid Diego built for their home in Mexico, terra cotta planters, and cobalt blue walls. You can see plants such as calla lilies, sunflowers, dahlias, marigolds, and bright yellow flowers from the Jerusalem thorn tree.
This is the first solo exhibition on Frida Kahlo in New York City in over 25 years, and is the first one to focus on her personal interest in the botanical world. The New York Botanical Garden continues to focus new exhibitions around monumental figures and helps to tell their stories through nature. We look forward to following along as they further explore the significant relationship between people, plants and their surroundings.
This exhibition will be on view through November 1st, 2015.