LONDON – An exhibition bringing together hundreds of personal items that belonged to artist and cult figure Frida Kahlo for the first time outside of her native Mexico is soon to open in London.
The exhibition, entitled “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” and showcasing items of clothing and artifacts that belonged to Kahlo, will open Saturday and run until Nov. 4 at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
“Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico,” the museum noted on its site.
Among the over 200 pieces on display include cosmetics, necklaces, self-portraits and photographs.
Medical corsets decorated by the artist and a prosthetic leg hark back to a bus crash Kahlo was involved in at the age of 18; an event that would affect her for the rest of her life, the museum noted.
When Kahlo died in 1954, her possessions were hidden away at her home “La Casa Azul” (The Blue House), in Mexico City on the instructions of her husband, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.
The items making up the collection were discovered in the bathroom of La Casa Azul – which has been a museum since 1957 – in 2004.
The house, now the Frida Kahlo Museum, publicly announced the discovery in 2007, and proceeded to exhibit some of the items in Mexico.