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The inner life of Frida Kahlo

Hindustan Times | ByShunali Shroff
Aug 05, 2018 02:33 PM IST

A walk-through of the Mexican artist’s retrospective makes you understand the truth about her life — and your own

This July, I ventured into the hallowed halls of the Victoria & Albert museum, with the highly coveted tickets of Making Herself Up in hand. The exhibition promised to offer a fresh perspective on Frida Kahlo’s compelling life story. I knew what most of us know about Kahlo already: she was a bold and passionate artist, a communist by belief, an obsessed lover; she had a bad back, a polio leg and she spent a lot of her childhood in bed, looking at herself in a hand mirror and sketching her own images. What more was there to know about her?

Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939(Photo: Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives)
Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939(Photo: Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives)
Frida Kahlo’s exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum has her prosthetic leg, a contraption attached to a red boot, with appliqued Chinese motifs (Photo: Javier Hinojosa. Museo Frida Kahlo. © Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Archives)
Frida Kahlo’s exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum has her prosthetic leg, a contraption attached to a red boot, with appliqued Chinese motifs (Photo: Javier Hinojosa. Museo Frida Kahlo. © Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Archives)
Frida’s self-portrait on the border between Mexico and the United States of America, 1932 (Photo: (c) Modern Art International Foundation , Courtesy María and Manuel Reyero)
Frida’s self-portrait on the border between Mexico and the United States of America, 1932 (Photo: (c) Modern Art International Foundation , Courtesy María and Manuel Reyero)
Self-portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1941 (Photo: (c) The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Vergel Collection)
Self-portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1941 (Photo: (c) The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Vergel Collection)
Frida was already crippled by polio when a bus accident at the age of 18 ripped apart her uterus and fractured her back and leg
Self-Portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1948 (Photo: (c) Private Collection)
Self-Portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1948 (Photo: (c) Private Collection)
“I have suffered two major accidents in my life: one was when a street car knocked me down, and the other was Diego” —Frida Kahlo
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