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Exhibition - Frida Kahlo’s Garden

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 10:00am

Powell Gardens
1609 NorthWest US HighWay 50
Kingsville, MO 64061

Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, is the only Kansas City area venue to host Frida Kahlo’s Garden, an in-depth exhibition focusing on the influences and inspirations behind Frida Kahlo’s (1907–1954) body of work. Offering installations mimicking the garden setting at Casa Azul, the home Kahlo shared with her husband, Diego Rivera , historical images, information about Mexican culture, and replicas of works, the exhibition opens April 6 and kicks off that evening with a premiere event featuring food, drink, live music, a Frida performance, and a painting demonstration.

“This exhibition focuses on Frida Kahlo’s relationship with plants and the inspiration behind her art,” says Kristy Peterson, Director of Education, Interpretation, and Outreach for Powell Gardens. “I encourage everyone to attend the exhibition premiere to experience a taste of the KC Repertory Theatre’s performance ‘Frida Kahlo’ by Vanessa Severo, enjoy live music performed by Maria the Mexican, observe a live painting demonstration by Vania Soto, and taste Mexican cuisine prepared by chef Renee Kelly.”

Kahlo is considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Her body of work, consisting of some 250 paintings and drawings, relies heavily on the natural world. The garden at Casa Azul (or Blue House), Kahlo’s lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, was a creative refuge and a source of inspiration for the artist and her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957). The garden, which was filled with native plants, housed Kahlo and Rivera’s collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts and folk art displayed on a four-tiered pyramid inspired by the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan. This exhibition offers insights into the ways in which the garden at Casa Azul, the diversity of plant life in Mexico, and the rich cultural history of the country nourished the creativity of the world’s great artists. The exhibition is on view from April 6 through May 25 and is included with the purchase of general garden admission.

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