The Marta Herford Museum celebrates its tenth anniversary by offering an insight into the life of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The museum is the first German venue to show the exhibition of more than 200 photographs from the artist's estate. As well as personal mementos, the images served as a source of inspiration and working material for Kahlo's paintings. Pictures taken by world-famous photographers such as Man Ray, Martin Munkácsi, Edward Weston, Brassaï and Tina Modotti are combined with Kahlo's own photographs, forming a haunting document of her era. The selection was compiled by the acclaimed photographic historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio for the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, and will be showing at the Marta Herford Museum from 1 February to 10 May 2015.
Vast private archive
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) achieved world-wide fame for her unique style of painting in which she processed her turbulent life – her illness, her suffering, her marriage to Diego Rivera. It was not until after her death that the discovery of her vast private archive of photographs offered an entirely new insight into the artist's life, through depictions of her family, her political commitment and her physical struggles.
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