Frida Kahlo

June 14-September 28, 2008

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo began painting in 1926, while recovering from a near-fatal bus accident, and soon became captivated by the medium's expressive possibilities. Kahlo's folkloric style, influenced by Mexican popular art, and her fantastical imagery earned her recognition among the Surrealists, but her intriguing persona and unmistakable originality propelled her beyond the confines of a specific movement to become a leading figure in modern art. This exhibition, commemorating the centennial of the artist's birth, brings together paintings that span her career, along with a selection of her own collection of photographs, most of which have never been on public display.

This exhibition is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is co-curated by Hayden Herrera and Walker Art Center Associate Curator Elizabeth Carpenter.

The national tour of Frida Kahlo is sponsored by Bank of America and Fundación Televisa.

Bank of America Fundación Televisa

Major support for the national tour is provided by Margaret and Angus Wurtele and the Fundación/Colección Jumex. Additional support is provided by Craig Baker.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the U.S. Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) and the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), Mexico.The San Francisco presentation is made possible by support from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund.

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund


frida kahlo, self portrait with parrots

Frida Kahlo, Me and My Parrots (Yo y mis pericos), 1941; private collection; photo: Vando L. Rogers Jr.