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Visual Arts


The celebrated artist’s life revealed through personal photographs

Closes Sun March 25
Terrace Gallery

To accommodate additional visitors, Artisphere has extended its Sunday hours until 8pm. Closing week hours: Tue-Fri 4pm-11pm; Sat Noon-11pm; Sun Noon-8pm.

Click here to see NPR Picture Show feature on the exhibition,
Frida Kahlo's Private Stash of Pictures.

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U.S. PREMIERE: Artisphere is the first and only venue in the United States of America to present this exhibition of photographs revealing moments of this extraordinary figure’s private life.

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)’s extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art. Upon Kahlo’s death in 1954, more than 6,500 personal photographs and items belonging to her and husband/artist Diego Rivera were sealed and put in storage.  For more than half a century this great collection of personal memorabilia remained hidden from the public.  In 2007 this collection was opened and Mexican photographer and curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio inventoried and catalogued 240 images to create the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition. 

These images reveal a little-known side of the artist and lifelong resident of Coyoacán, a Mexico City suburb and Arlington, Virginia's sister city. The collection of photographs in this exhibition reflect Kahlo’s tastes and interests, the experiences she shared with those close to her, and her complicated, but also thrilling, personal life. Viewers get an insider’s look, not only through who was behind the camera, in front of the lens or the anonymous nature of some of the work but also through the annotated writing found on the back of many of the photographs.

From family pictures and snapshots taken with lovers to images that reveal relationships with Russian Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky and American photographers Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, artist Georgia O’Keefe and actress Dolores del Rio, this exhibition provides a glimpse into Kahlo as never seen before.

Please note that in Diego Rivera's will, he specified that the original images belonging to him and Frida Kahlo should never leave Mexico. As such, the images on view in this exhibition are carefully crafted reproductions.

This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Frida Kahlo Museum, The Embassy of Mexico, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Arlington County and with additional support from the Rosslyn Business Improvement District. It was initially facilitated by the Arlington Sister City Association.

Artisphere celebrates Frida Kahlo: Her Photos with an array of complementary programming. Highlights include:

WOMEN IN SALSA SHOW + DANCE PARTY: Sat March 24/8 pm/ $10 advance; $15 @ door/Ballroom


LOS QUETZALES : Sun March 25 / 12:30 pm / Free / All ages / Ballroom

Past events:

WOMEN FILMMAKER SERIES: Fridays in Feb/8 pm/$6/Dome Theatre

RANA SANTACRUZ: Sat Feb 25/8 pm/$15 advance; $18 @ door/Dome Theatre

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ FILM SERIES: Wednesdays in March/8 pm/$6/Dome Theatre

LA SHICA: FLAMENCO FUSION ARTIST: Fri March 9/8 pm/$15 advance; $18 @ door/Dome Theatre

JARDIN EN EL MAR (A Garden in the Sea): Thu March 15/7 pm/Free/Dome Theatre

MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND: Sat March 17/8 pm/$20/Ballroom

These facsimile photographs come from the collection of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacán, Mexico.  They are reproductions of the original photographs owned by the Frida Kahlo Museum and Banco de México, Fiduciary in the Trust of the Museums Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacán, Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

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