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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

V&A, London

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A trove of Frida Kahlo’s personal items was discovered in 2004, exactly 50 years after her death, which had bene sealed in her famous Blue House by her husband Diego Rivera. In this exhibition, a range of these intimate possessions – including outfits, letters, jewellery, cosmetics, medicines and medical corsets – go on show for the first time outside Mexico. Pairing these works with key self-portraits and photographs, the display offers a fresh perspective on Kahlo’s compelling life story. Find out more about the Frida Kahlo exhibition from the V&A’s website. 

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Frida Kahlo

Photograph of Frida Kahlo (c. 1926). © Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Museums

Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse, Nickolas Muray

Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse (1939), Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Frida on the bench, Nickolas Muray

Frida on the bench (1939), Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine

Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine (1939), Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives