Enrichment Arts & Culture

See Frida Kahlo’s life’s work in a special new exhibit

people look at a self-portrait by frida kahlo titled "las dos fridas" (the two fridas)

Story at a glance

  • A new exhibit at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art in Chicago will highlight the works of Frida Kahlo in the summer of 2020.
  • The works are on loan from the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City.
  • The exhibit includes original works along with the historical context of Kahlo’s life and career.

Nearly a century after Frida Kahlo moved to San Francisco in 1930, Americans can enjoy her original work again. While she returned to Mexico City in 1934, it was in San Francisco and later Detroit, Mich., where she participated for the first time in an exhibition and created works such as the “Self-Portrait on the Border of Mexico and the United States.” In the summer of 2020, her iconic art will be exhibited at a Chicago museum. 

Hosted at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art, the exhibit, “Frida Kahlo 2020,” will include 26 original works from throughout Kahlo’s career along with historical context, including photos from the artist’s life and reproductions of her clothing. 

“The work in this collection maps the arc of Frida Kahlo’s exceptional life and career,” said Cleve Carney Museum of Art Director and Curator Justin Witte in a release from the museum. “Kahlo and her work were so interconnected that it is impossible to separate one from the other. That is also why her presence is still strongly felt in every piece in this exhibition.”

The artist, who is also remembered as a feminist icon and political figure, spoke to the Detroit News in 1933, when she was identified in the headline as “wife of the master mural painter,” Diego Rivera. According to the Detroit News, Kahlo said, “[Rivera] does pretty well for a little boy, but it is I who am the big artist.”

She went on to become an artist who was “foundation to the 20th century art historical canon,” according to the release. 

Tickets went on sale Dec. 10, and McAninch Arts Center Director Diana Martinez said their release is timed to coincide with the holidays. 

“The greatest gift one can give during the holidays is a memorable experience,” Martinez said in the release. 

Timed and untimed tickets are available online for $18 and $35 respectively. The exhibition will be open during museum hours starting June 1, 2020, and ending Aug. 31, 2020. 

Just like her time in the United States, the exhibit will be brief but, as Witte said, “a once in a lifetime experience.”