Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter of the 20th century. This emblematic figure of Mexico was born in 1907 in Coyoacan (now Mexico City). Her father’s grandparents moved from Hungary to Germany, Frida’s father, Guillermo (Wilhelm) Kahlo later moved to Mexico. Kahlo’s first paintings and portraits followed the traditions of European painting, but her later works, colors and symbolism were strongly influenced by Mexican art, tradition and pre-Columbian culture. In 1928 she joined a group of left-wing artists to create a self-contained Mexican culture. Here she met the 21 years older Diego Riviera whom she married in 1929. Although many see Kahlo as a surrealist, this has never been fully clarified. While Surrealists vaguely use dream symbols in their paintings and sometimes slip completely away from reality, the symbols of Kahlo are easy to decipher and relate to various stages in the artist’s life in which her work emerged. Almost all of Kahlo’s paintings are autobiographical. She was the first painter to unimaginably portray the female body, the sexuality and the perceptions that only women can experience. Her paintings have a unique character and show intimate feelings, life events from a depressive period and offer the viewer deep psychological insights.
5th July to 4th November 2018 in the Hungarian National Gallery