All about Frida: The Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán

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Whenever you are in Mexico City it is a MUST:

The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul) for the structure’s cobalt-blue walls, is a historic house museum and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. For me it is one of the best art places I have seen. It is located in the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacán in Mexico City. The building was the birthplace of Kahlo and is also the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for a number of years, and in one of the rooms on the upper floor she died in 1954. In 1958, Diego Rivera’s will donated the home and its contents in order to turn it into a museum in Frida’s honor.

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The museum contains a collection of artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and other artists along with the couple’s Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, personal items, and more. The collection is displayed in the rooms of the house which remains much as it was in the 1950s. Today, it is the most popular museum in Coyoacán and one of the most visited in Mexico City.

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Originally the house was the family home of Frida Kahlo, but since 1958, it has served as museum dedicated to her life and work. With about 25.000 visitors monthly, it is one of Mexico City’s most-visited museums, and the most-visited site in Coyoacán. Be prepared for a long queue and a long waiting time. But it is all worth it!

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The museum is supported solely by ticket sales and donations. The museum demonstrates the lifestyle of wealthy Mexican bohemian artists and intellectuals during the first half of the 20th century. According to records and testimony, the house today looks much as it did in 1951, decorated with Mexican folk art, Kahlo’s personal art collection, a large collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts, traditional Mexican cookware, linens, personal mementos such as photographs, postcards and letters, and works by José María Velasco, Paul Klee and Diego Rivera. Much of the collection is now in display cases designed for their preservation.

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The museum consists of ten rooms. You also can visit the formal living room, where Frida and Diego entertained notable Mexican and international visitors and friends such as Sergei Eisenstein, Nelson Rockefeller, George Gershwin, caricaturist Miguel Covarrubias and actresses Dolores del Río and María Félix. And of course the Russian Leon Trotsky while he and his wife obtained asylum in Mexico.

 

Museo Frida Kahlo
Londres 247, Del Carmen
Coyoacán
04100 Ciudad de México, Mexico

 www.museofridakahlo.org.mx

 

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Jacqueline Wehrmann, Glaskünstlerin

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Jacqueline Wehrmann mit ihrem Randersackerer Flaschenkind.

Es ist ihr erster großer Auftritt im Rathaus. Jacqueline Wehrmann aus Randersacker freut sich, ihre Glaskunst einem größeren Publikum präsentieren zu können. Seit über 20 Jahren beschäftigt sich die Künstlerin mit Glas. Für Kenner: Die in Diepholz Geborene arbeitet mit der Fusing- und Pâte de Verre-Technik, mit der Blockschmelze und dem Wax Lost-Verfahren und verbindet Glas mit Holz oder Metall.

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Glaskunst und Drahtdesign. Darauf hat sich die Künstlerin spezialisiert.

„Vor 20 Jahren hatte ich zum ersten Mal ein Glasobjekt des Künstlers Kristian Klepsch in der Hand. Ich wollte mehr über die Materie kennenlernen und belegte im baden-württembergischem Wertheim Glaskurse bei Hans-Joachim Ittig und Detlev Tanz.“

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Glas und Schmuck als Hingucker. Alle Werke sind Unikate.

Sie war so begeistert, dass sie mit der Fusing-Technik, eine Glasverschmelzung im Muffelofen, und dem Glasguss begann.  Seit 2011 widmet sie sich auch noch der Glasperlenherstellung.

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Glasperlen als Herausforderung. Sie faszinieren Jacqueline Wehrmann seit 2011.

Bei ihrer Arbeit begegnet sie immer wieder spannenden Herausforderungen, die zu neuen und faszinierenden Kunstwerken führen. „Meine Werke sind alles Unikate“, betont sie. Im Weinort Randersacker zu leben inspiriere sie besonders. Vielleicht auch einmal zu fränkischen Motiven rund um den Wein. Das Randersackerer Flaschenkind gibt es ja schon!

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Es geht auch um den Wein! Besonders in ihrer Wahlheimat Randersacker.

Die Eröffnung der Ausstellung im Rathaus Randersacker ist am Sonntag, den 28. Januar 2018, 11 Uhr.

www.glaskunst-drahtdesign.de

Palacio Nacional: Diego Rivera’s Murals

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It is a Must See! Definitely! Whenever you are in Mexico City you have to visit the murals of Diego Rivera at the National Palace. At the time Rivera began painting these murals he was an internationally known artist with his works reproduced in magazines worldwide. During his painting of them, his work was interrupted several times because he left Mexico City to paint other murals in his country as well as in the United States.

The famous Mexican artist and husband of Frida Kahlo tended to glorify the Indian heritage of his country. Large public murals like these which glorified the Mexican people provided an alternate history for those who could not read it in books. The government at the time was seeking to redefine the nation and Rivera’s murals could help in creating a new national identity.

The Stairway Mural

Diego Rivera began painting the staircase murals in the Palacio Nacional in May 1929 and finished these staircase murals by November of 1935. The stairway „triptych“ is sometimes compared to an epic poem comprising the legendary pre-hispanic past, a kind of prologue, then the depiction in the central panels of the Conquest up until 1930, and on the left, the present, with all its conflicts, but also with the promise of a better future.

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The Corridor Panels

Rivera returned in the 1940’s to work on the corridor murals. This series of smaller panels was intended to go all the way round the second story, but this project was never completed and Rivera was unable to work on this project continuously.

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The last mural (completed in 1951) shows the arrival of the Spanish, with satirical portraits of Cortés and the other Conquistadors. He also includes an image of La Malinche bearing the blue-eyed baby sired by Cortés.

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Palacio Nacional
Plaza de la Constitución S/N
Centro, Cuauhtémoc
06066 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Open only on work days from 9 am to 5 pm.

Entry is free.

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Secretary of Education: Diego Rivera’s murals 

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In the movie „Frida“ the young art student Frida Kahlo learned that Diego Rivera, famous artist, was painting murals at the Secretary of Education in Mexico City. Herself very much interested in art, she brought some of her work to him at the Secretary of Education and asked for his opinion: „You’ve got talent“, was his reply.

Two marriages and a lifelong love affair later, the love and hate relationship of Kahlo and Rivera lives on, along with the beautiful inspired work they both created.

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The Secretary of Education building is located in the oldest part of Mexico City, El Centro. Free to the public and open on weekdays until 6 PM, more than 100 murals are on display. These murals represent some of Rivera’s early work. Surprisingly, these murals are on outside of an open air courtyard.

Diego Rivera worked on the murals for six years. There are three floors of murals to view. The murals on the bottom are older than the ones on top. The murals tell stories about the labor movement, the arts and traditional life in Mexico.

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A Must Be when you are in Mexico City. Free Entry.

Secretary of Education
Calle Republica de Argentina 28
Mexico City 06000, Mexico

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Che Guevara in Africa

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In Mexico City I discovered a small but fine exhibition about Che Guevara’s mission in Africa. It is a very detailed approach. Whenever you are in the Mexican capital (till January 21, 2018) have a look! The location is in a beautiful colonial setting.

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Che Guevara’s work in Congo marked a decisive moment in Cuba’s great relationship with Africa. Although the Congo’s mission had been a failure, it marked the turning point for Cuban victories in Africa and provided support to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, and independence in Mozambique.

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By November 1965 Guevara’s dream had collapsed against the reality of the Congolese forces‘ complete incompetence and lack of realism.

In order to achieve greatness, you have to fail …

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Exposition in Mexico City

„El Che. Una Odisea Africana.“

Till January 21, 2018 at Antiguo Colegio San Ildefonso, Mexico City.

www.sanildefonso.org.mx

Museum Diego Rivera, Guanajuato

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Diego Rivera’s birthplace in Guanajuato, Mexico is a great museum honoring the famous artist (the Marxist Rivera was persona non grata here for years). Rivera and his twin brother were born in the house in 1886 (Carlos died at the age of two) and lived here until the family moved to Mexico City 6 years later. The museum’s ground floor is a recreation of the Rivera family home, furnished with 19th-century antiques.

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The labyrinth of upper floors exhibit a permanent collection of his original works and preliminary sketches. You also see references to his life with Frida Kahlo.

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Museo Casa Diego Rivera
Positos 47, Centro 
36000 Guanajuato, Mexiko

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Sasha de Saint Tropez

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His name is Sasha, just Sasha. Sasha de Saint Tropez! He belongs to the people of the former fishing village. His name is connected with the location. Originally he is from Paris but lives already for 25 years in Saint Tropez. His art portraits are the Who is Who of the Rich and Famous. He specializes in portraits using different supports and techniques, acrylic, plexiglass and canvas. All of his art works are limited editions. Sasha is also a sculptor. His gallery is located at 10 Place de l’Ormeau.

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