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Frida Kahlo Exhibition
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Frida Kahlo at Tate Modern

Self-Portrait with Monkey by Frida Kahlo.

*Self-Portrait with Monkey [1938]
by Frida Kahlo.

Start:9th June 2005
End: 9th October 2005

Tate Modern is currently holding an exhibition of work by celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo [1907 - 1954]. It is the first exhibition in over twenty years to be solely dedicated to the artworks of Kahlo and provides a fantastic opportunity to explore the career of this fascinating artist.

In recent years Frida Kahlo has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important artists of the twentieth century. Her poignant and intensely personal paintings are rich with humour and candid self-analysis, but also use powerful imagery to explore the turmoil of her personal life. Painting during a time of cultural and political upheaval Kahlo's work is also infused with a powerful political insight.

The exhibition at Tate Modern features more than seventy artworks, including some of Kahlo's most iconic oil paintings. The exhibition also offers visitors the opportunity to see some of Frida Kahlo's lesser known early watercolours, drawings and oils. The diverse range of work on show provides an excellent opportunity to gain a much fuller insight into the life of this troubled artist.

Much of Kahlo's work is profoundly personal, often exploring the traumatic events that shaped the artist's life. Frida Kahlo's paintings return time and again to these powerful themes, often exploring her response to the many hospital visits and surgeries she had to endure following her involvement in a serious traffic accident.

The presentation of Kahlo's artworks is broadly chronological, allowing visitors to grasp how the artists's concerns and themes evolved
My Nurse and I or Me Suckling.
*My Nurse and I or Me Suckling
[1937] by Frida Kahlo.
throughout her life. The exhibition makes it possible to evaluate how Kahlo exploited the history and traditions of painting, subverting the visual language of still life painting, portraiture and religious iconography to explore her own themes and concerns.

Influenced by the modern movements of the early 20th Century, including Cubism and the symbolism of the Surrealists, Frida Kahlo's work is incredibly rich in personal imagery. However Kahlo always manages to turn the tables, drawing you in and engaging you through your reaction to the explicit complexity of the subject matter explored in her paintings.

The exhibition will be held at Tate Modern until the 9th of October 2005.

Open every day from 10.00am - 06.00pm [late night opening until 10.00pm on Friday and Saturday].

Admission: £10 (£8 concessions)

Secure booking at www.tate.org.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7887 8888

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*Self-Portrait with Monkey [1938] by Frida Kahlo. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966.
© Banco de México and INBAL Mexico, 2005.

*My Nurse and I or Me Suckling [1937] by Frida Kahlo. Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City.
© Banco de México and INBAL Mexico, 2005.

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