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Frida's Life Celebrated in Alabama Art Exhibit

A new exhibit, The World of Frida, is coming to the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama next month. Ninety-five different artists from all over the world helped create work for this exhibit, drawing inspiration from her life with Diego, her hobbies, Mexican culture, the challenges she endured in her life, and more. It features photography, prints, sculptures, textiles, and other media. This exhibit will be featured from Dec. 13 through Feb. 28, 2021.

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She didn’t live to see her 48th birthday.

Yet her adventurous artwork and pioneering feminism live on, inspiring other creators to this day.

Now, surrealist Frida Kahlo, who died in 1954, is the subject of “The World of Frida,” an exhibit coming to Huntsville Museum of Art.

Ninety-five artists, from Savannah, Ga. to Amsterdam to Italy, created works for the exhibit.

Inspirations for those works include: Kahlo’s signature self-portraits, her life with fellow iconic Mexican painter Diego Rivera, her passion for gardening, Mexican culture, and the emotional/physical challenges she endured, including polio as a child and a bus accident as a teenager.

The accident left her disabled. While recovering from that accident, she reconnected with her childhood hobby of art, which became her life’s work.

“The World of Frida” will be at Huntsville Museum of Art, address 300 Church St. S.W., from Dec. 13 through Feb. 28.

The exhibit features paintings, prints, photography, college, sculpture, mixed-media and textiles.

In 2002, Kahlo was the subject of a biopic called “Frida,” starring Salma Hayek. The role earned Hayek an Academy Award nomination.

Walnut Creek, Calif.'s Bedford Gallery organized the traveling “World of Frida” exhibit, which has also been on view at California Center for the Arts, Texas' International Museum of Art & Science and Florida’s Museum of Arts & Sciences, among other locations.

Read more: https://www.al.com/life/2020/11/feminist-icon-celebrated-in-alabama-museum-art-exhibit.html

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