Frida Kahlo Museum
The Frida Kahlo Museum or The Blue House (La Casa Azul) is located in Coyoacan, one of the most beautiful places in Mexico City. It is by far my favorite museum in the city and I remember visiting the museum since I was a girl and always feel the same excitement about the life and work of Frida Kahlo.
Her extraordinary and distinctive way of seeing life and facing the obstacles. My mom and grandparents used to take me to the Museum very often and I always felt passionate like the first time.
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The Story Behind the Frida Kahlo Museum
The Blue House is located in a beautiful neighborhood south of Mexico City, Coyoacan. The House-Museum was acquired by Frida’s parents since 1904 and three years later Frida Kahlo was born at the house.
When Frida married Diego Rivera, they lived in different houses in Mexico City and other countries, but always her favorite was the Blue House where she spent the best and worst moments of her life. In every detail, you’ll see the love that Frida and Diego had to the House.
Fascinating rooms at Casa Azul
One of my favorite rooms at the Museum is the kitchen-dining room with the yellow floor and a mix of prehispanic colonial style. I can imagine the influential personalities of that time as Leon Trotsky, Jose Clemente Orozco, Isamu Noguchi, Andre Breton among many others enjoying delightful dinners. The Russian politician Leon Trotsky lived with them while he suffered the persecution by Joseph Stalin.
The gorgeous garden is decorated with wonderful prehispanic pieces, art, and beautiful plants.
The house has been maintained at the request of Frida and Diego, as when they live there. The ornaments, paintings, and any detail have been preserved so we can enjoy it.
Before dying Diego Rivera, he asked that the baths be kept closed for 15 years keeping in secret the content. Therefore, just a few years ago the secret was revealed and they discovered hundreds of photographs, documents, books, drawings, dresses, personal objects, corsets, medicines and more.
The exhibition is now much more extensive and extraordinary, so now is the perfect moment to visit.
I recommend arriving early, as it is a very popular Museum. The best way to visit it may be on one of the Frida Kahlo Tours that include Xochimilco, Coyoacan and the Frida Kahlo Museum.
Who was Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Mexico City at the Blue House. His parents Wilhelm Kahlo, Hungarian-German descent, who also paints and Matilde Calderon, originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. Frida was the third of four daughters.
At the age of six, she got ill with poliomyelitis, because that, her right leg was shorter and she was forced to wear special shoes.
In 1925, at age 18 Frida had a tragic accident, the bus she was traveling on was hit by a tramcar. She suffered several fractures and injuries to the spine what made her go through 32 surgeries during her life. For many months she had to remain immobilized in her bed, and that is how she began to paint.
Frida married the muralist Diego Rivera in 1929 and from that moment they had a love-hate relationship. The couple lived in the Blue House, as well as in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and also in the studio-house located in San Angel in Mexico City which is a wonderful museum you should visit.
The art of Frida Kahlo
Her work a blend of surrealist, expressionist, and acid popular art is what made her unique. It has been exhibited in a lot of museums around the world; the Louvre Museum acquired one of its self-portraits and her paintings are in a lot of private collections.
Her work seems admirable to me, as well as her dramatic and full of struggle life.
In her last years of life, she suffered severe pain and her leg was amputated; she tried to commit suicide more than once and, in the end, she died of a pulmonary embolism in 1954 at the age of 47.
More in Coyoacan, Mexico
At Coyoacan you will also find delicious restaurants, a wonderful Mexican market, another very interesting museums, old traditional “cantinas” (bar) and one of the most beautiful churches in Mexico City San Juan Bautista in the heart of Coyoacan.
The best part is that you can walk around the neighborhood easily, walking on the streets you will find handicrafts, art pieces, jewelry and of course the delicious Mexican food.
Frida Kahlo has become a reference to Mexican Culture, feminism, and her life and work are full of myths and secrets.
If you travel to Mexico City, the Frida Kahlo Museum is a place you should visit!