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  • Frida Kahlo
    Frida Kahlo
    Roma - Exhibitions, from 20/03/14 to 31/08/14

Frida Kahlo



The Scuderie del Quirinale hosts a magnificent exhibition on the life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a symbol of the artistic avant-garde and of the exuberance of Mexican culture in the 20th century.   

There can be no doubt that the legend which has grown around the life and work of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) has now reached global proportions; the unquestioned icon of 20th century Mexican culture and the seductive subject of a Hollywood movie, Frida Kahlo's contribution to contemporary culture comprises one of the most inextricable tangles of art and life of the whole of the 20th century.  Yet her paintings do not merely mirror her life, severely marked as it was by the physical and psychological injuries that she suffered in the terrible accident in which she was involved at the age of seventeen.  Her art is fused with the history and spirit of her contemporary world, reflecting the social and cultural transformations that led to the Mexican Revolution and ensued in its wake.      

It was precisely the revolutionary spirit that prompted her to reassess the country's native past and traditions, which she considered to be irrepressible identity codes, generating an unprecedented fusion between self-expression and the language, the imagination, the colors and the symbols of Mexican popular culture. At the same time, Frida is an expression of the artistic avant-garde and the cultural exuberance of her time, and a study of her work allows us to intercept the trajectories of all the most important international cultural movements that criss-crossed the Mexico of her day, from Revolutionary Pauperism to Stridentism and from Surrealism to what was become known decades later as Magical Realism.
The exhibition sets out to gather around a corpus of her work, a selection of absolute masterpieces from major collections, key works belonging to other public and private collections in Mexico, the United States and Europe.  The project is completed by a selection of photographs portraying the artist, including those taken by Nickolas Murray in the 1940s, a crucial and intriguing complement to Frida Kahlo's art in terms of her iconographic codification. This, because while the exhibition sets out to present and explore the development of Frida Kahlo's artistic career from beginnings that still owe a debt to New Objectivity and to Magical Realism to her revival of traditional and ancestral art, and from the echoes of American Realism in the 1920s and '30s (Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, Georgia O'Keefe) to the ideological and political aspects inspired by Mexican muralism (Rivera, Orozco), the predominant theme in the exhibition is self-depiction, both in terms of the numerically important role that the "self-portrait" genre plays in her overall output and, above all, in terms of the unique significance that it has acquired in the transmission of the iconographical, psychological and cultural values that have shaped the "legend of Frida".

Both the exhibition and the catalogue are designed and curated by Helga Prignitz-Poda, a distinguished expert in the life and career of Frida Kahlo and the co-author, together with Salomon Grimberg and Andrea Kettenmann, of the catalogue raisonné of the artist's work published in 1988. 

Frida Kahlo, “Selfportrait with crown of thorns” , 1940 Harry Ransom Center,  The University of Texas at Austin © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, México D.F., by SIAE 2013

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YOU CAN BOOK ONLY from March 20-July 13, 2014.

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+39 06 399 67 500

Frida Kahlo




Hours Details

16.00 - 23.00 until August 24 from Sunday to Thursday, last admission at 10.00 p.m.

16.00 - 00.00 until August 24 on Friday and Saturday, last admission 23.00

10.00 - 00.00 during the last week of exhibition on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August, last admission at 23.00

10.00 - 23.00 during the last week of shows on 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31 August, last admission 22.00


Frida Kahlo




Admission ticket
  • - Full € 12
  • - Reduced € 9.50
Other Reduced
  • Reduced price for: 
    - young people under 27 
    - senior citizens over 65 
    - teachers 
    - journalists with press card (professional, practitioner, freelance)
    - groups with special concessions 
    - forces of law and order and the military on producing an ID     

    Reduced price for groups 
    Monday to Friday € 9.50 per person 
    Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays € 12.00 per person 
    reservations required to pay € 30.00 (min. 7 max 25 people) 
    how to book: call center 06 399 67 500

    Free admission for: 
    - children under 6 
    - 1 person accompanying each booked group 
    - 1 person accompanying every 10 students 
    - disabled (free admission for the person accompanying them)
    - Regione Lazio tourist guides
    - Regione Lazio tourist escorts 
    - interpreters accompanying the guides
    - ICOM and ICROM card holders
Reservation Fee
  • Entrance fee for individuals: € 2,00 (€ 1.50 € for individuals who participate in educational activities during the weekend)

    Entrance fee for groups: required - € 30.00 max 25 pax 

    Entrance fee for schools: required - € 20,00 max 25 pax   

    Entrance fee prepayment is required.
Didactic Tours and other Services to buy

    from 14 July until 31 August INDIVIDUALS GUIDED TOUR on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.GUIDED TOUR FOR GROUPS

    partecipants: max 25 pax 
    language: italian price: € 4.00 per person 
    reservation: suggested +39 06 399 67 500     

    timetable: on request price: € 100.00 
    language: italian, french, english, spanish, german 
    partecipants: max 25 people 
    reservation: required  +39 06 399 67 450

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