Frida Khalo par Toni Frissell, Vogue 1938 © Toni Frissell
15.09.2022 - 05.03.2023 I * [Frida Kahlo, Beyond Appearances]
This autumn, the Palais Galliera celebrates Frida Kahlo (6 July 1907-13 July 1954), one of the most widely recognised and influential artists of the 20th century.
Getting away from the clichés attached to her personality, the exhibition Frida Kahlo, au-delà des apparences [Frida Kahlo, Beyond Appearances] invites visitors to explore the private side of the artist’s life, and to understand how she constructed her identity through the way she presented and represented herself.
For the first time in France and in close collaboration with the Museo Frida Kahlo, the exhibition features more than 200 objects from the Casa Azul, the house where Frida was born and brought up, including garments, accessories, correspondence, cosmetics, medicines and orthopaedic aids. When the artist died in 1954, these personal effects were placed under seal by her husband, the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, and were not discovered until fifty years later, in 2004.
This precious collection - which includes traditional Tehuana dresses, pre-Columbian necklaces that Frida used to collect, and hand-painted corsets and prosthetics - is presented, along with films and photographs of the artist, to form a visual narrative of her extraordinary life.
Frida Kahlo used her appearance as a means of expressing her doubts and feelings about herself and her politics: after a serious accident at the age of 18, Frida devoted herself to painting. She adopted traditional clothing, which was a statement of her Mexican identity, but also a way of coping more comfortably with her disability. The exhibition Frida Kahlo, au-delà des apparences traces how the artist cultivated her image. An image that amounted almost to a manifesto reflecting her cultural heritage, but also her experience of gender and of living with a disability.
In an exhibition that is both biographical and thematic, the Palais Galliera looks at the artist’s visit to Paris and her relationship with the Surrealist group.
The visit continues with a capsule exhibition from 15 September to 31 December 2022, which considers Frida Kahlo’s influence on contemporary fashion and how she has remained an icon and source of inspiration for designers such as Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld for CHANEL, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior or Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons.
With special support from :
Circe Henestrosa, curator and designer of the exhibition, Head of the School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Miren Arzalluz, director of the Palais Galliera
Gannit Ankori, curatorial advisor, PhD, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator, Rose Art Museum, USA
Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
10, Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, Paris 16e
Getting there :
• By Métro : line 9 (stop at Iéna or Alma-Marceau)
• By RER : line C (stop at Pont de l'Alma)
• By bus : lines 32, 63, 82 (stop at Iéna) / lines 42, 72, 80, 92 (stop at Alma-Marceau)
• By Vélib' : stations at 4 rue de Longchamp, 1 rue Bassano et 2 avenue Marceau
• by bike : bicycle parking behind the museum
Opening times :
• Tuesday to Sunday 10pm to 6pm
• Late night opening on Thursdays - 9pm
• Closed on Mondays and certain public holidays
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