Fantastic Frida: “Immersive Frida Kahlo” will open in Chicago | visual arts


Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s monumental works will be on dramatic display starting next week in Chicago.

“Immersive Frida Kahlo: Her Life. Her Art. Her Love.” opens February 23 at the Lighthouse ArtSpace in the historic Germania Club building in Chicago.

The exhibition is produced by Lighthouse Immersive in partnership with Fundacion Familia Kahlo, a foundation run by descendants of the artist Kahlo.

Through the exhibit, funds will be raised for the foundation whose mission is to support women’s rights as well as preserve Kahlo’s artistic legacy.

Mara De Anda, great-grandniece of Frida Kahlo, called the exhibition a “magnificent” display of Kahlo’s work.

“It shows a different face of Frida,” De Anda said, adding that it’s not just Kahlo as an artist that’s being showcased, but attendees will see different segments of her life from “what’s happening at the Mexico at the time, his love for Diego and his love for his family.”

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“You will see the human being,” she added.

The exhibit will be on display in nine cities throughout the year, including Dallas, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Los Angles, Boston, Houston and others.

Mara R. Kahlo, who is Frida’s great-niece and De Anda’s mother, said the exhibit was very “emotional”.

“You really see ‘Frida the strength, the heart,’ Kahlo said. ‘And it’s very exciting to see my whole family on these walls,’ she said, adding that it brought her to tears the first time she had seen him.

Kahlo and De Anda work with the Fundacion Familia Kahlo. Kahlo is president of the foundation while De Anda is the commercial director.

“One of our missions as a family foundation is to protect Frida’s legacy,” De Anda said. Through this exhibition, Kahlo and De Anda said they wanted to “show the world the way we see Frida”.

De Anda said Frida had a real “passion for life and was a grateful person”.

Kahlo said the immersive nature of this exhibit is perfect for the artist’s work.

“You can see all the details in the images. You can really immerse yourself and get into the images,” Kahlo said.

The family began working with the creators of “Immersive Frida Kahlo” a year ago to bring this exhibit to fruition. “We worked with them on the details,” De Anda said. “But we let them create. We didn’t limit their creativity.”

Kahlo’s family members said that Frida’s work was timeless and that she would also fit in well in today’s society.

De Anda said the exhibit also shows the “strength” with which Frida lived her life. “She believed that you (as a woman) could do whatever you wanted,” De Anda said.

In addition to the exhibition, guests can also purchase tickets for yoga experiences in the exhibition, sparkling wine events and other experiences.


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