Under the title “The Chaos Within“, an exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo will take place in Rome until 29 March 2020. The venue is a fairly new exhibition space called Spazio Eventi Tirso. The interactive exhibition makes extensive use of digital and photographic works.
Frida Kahlo Exhibition Rome 2019-2020
Address, opening hours and admission
Address: Spazio Eventi Tirso – Via Tirso 16, Rome. Tel. +39 3803080927 or +39 3496572035. Opening hours: From 9.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday until 9.00 p.m.). Admission: 12 Euro.
Frida Kahlo Exhibition “The Chaos Within”
The house where Kahlo lived most of her life was called Casa Azul. The most important rooms of this “Blue House” have been reconstructed for the exhibition.
The exhibition starts with a long corridor with life-size pictures of Frida Kahlo himself.
There is also a sanctuary in honour of the Día de Muertos (“Day of the Dead”). This feast in Mexico coincides with our All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (1 and 2 November). The living are united with their deceased loved ones. It is a very exuberant feast, where a lot of tequila is drunk.
The only original artwork in the exhibition is called Piden Aeroplanos (“They Asked for Planes”). It was painted in 1938 and is a metaphor for the disappointment she experiences as a result of the limitations of her own body.
In one room there are pictures by the Colombian artist Leo Matiz, a friend of both Frida and her father. Leo‘s daughter Alejandra contributed to the design of the exhibition. Frida can be seen in the photos with her husband Diego Rivera.
Another room shows Frida in a traditional wide falling Mexican dress. This was both a tribute to her own culture and a way to hide her body. In the same space examples of the dresses themselves are on display.
A mirror was attached to the roof of her canopy bed so that she could see herself. The exhibition shows a reconstruction of this bed.
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was born in Coyoacán, Mexico, where they die as well. Her German father was a photographer. At the age of six she was paralysed and after a serious accident at the age of 18 she was forced to spend a large part of her life in bed. It is then that she started painting. She would later also become a communist leader and feminist icon. As an artist she is especially famous for her surrealist paintings, often self-portraits.