The sound and visual exhibition Life and Work of Frida Kahlo, designed, produced and promoted by ACCIONA, will open this coming Thursday, December 2, at the Instant Theater in Madrid and then tour other Spanish, European and Asian cities, including Barcelona, Copenhagen and Bangkok.
‘The broken column’, or how Frida Kahlo put her whole life in a self-portrait
As reported by the company, Life and Work of Frida Kahlo offers the visitor an experience halfway between the cinema, the large-scale audiovisual show and the traditional museum, which pays tribute to this Mexican painter through more than a hundred plastic, literary and photographic works. Through 2,500 animated frames hand-painted by various artists, the exhibition brings Frida Kahlo’s masterpieces to life.
For the occasion they have designed an exhibition space in an old bus depot that has 1,129 square meters of HD projection surface (including walls and floors) and 38 state-of-the-art projectors. The exhibition has also been curated by Roxana Velásquez Martínez del Campo, executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art, and Deidré Guevara, curator of the exhibition Frida and me, at the Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris.
The objective of Life and Work of Frida Kahlo is to bring to the general public some of the painter’s masterpieces (such as her famous self-portraits, The wounded deer or the one dedicated to Doctor Eloesser) and others less known (such as The suicide of Dorothy Hale, or What the water gave me), but also contextualize their figure and highlight their resilience and personal strength.
The narration is organized into three main themes. The first part shows the artist in all her splendor, creating a parallel between Frida’s work and testimonies from her contemporaries to convey to the public the relevance of the painter in the intellectual and artistic environment of her time. The second part introduces its most intimate side. It presents the Kahlo family, alluding to the artist’s roots and friendships, and delves into a key event in her history, the traumatic accident that led to her rebirth as a painter. The third part recreates the Blue House, the home where Frida Kahlo was born, lived, painted and died.
The creative and production techniques used to develop the audiovisual piece have sought the best way to reproduce and reinterpret the artist’s pictorial style. In this sense, a graphic investigation of his painting has been carried out in order to give life to elements and characters of his work from numerous hand-made sketches. Likewise, to recreate environments and contextualize events in her life, illustrations have been created that mix photos, drawings and collages, in a symbolic and surrealist interpretation of Frida’s world.