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Catch Frida Kahlo and Other Mexican Artists at the Dallas Museum of Art

There are only a few more days to enjoy the ever-so-popular Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art.

This major exhibition of almost 200 works of Mexican art is making an exclusive appearance in the United States right here in Dallas until July 16. How cool is that?

Since opening on March 12, the Dallas Museum of Art has received so much attention that it has caused attendance to spike to over 75,000 attendees for his Mexican exhibition. This is not surprising given the large Hispanic population in Dallas and Frida Kahlo’s growing popularity.

Growing up, I was very familiar with the names of Mexican artists, such as “Frida Kahlo,” “Diego Rivera,” and “Jose Clemente Orozco” to name a few. Their paintings from the famous “The Two Fridas” to the “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park” and “Las Soldaderas” were images I often saw in books and television. These paintings told stories of my Mexican heritage and I continue to feel so proud to be Mexican-American.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are two of my favorite painters. From Diego Rivera’s take on cubism to Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits where she turned her pain into art. I never get tired of seeing their art and digging deep into the story they are telling.

My experience at the Dallas Museum of Art was very memorable and called for a family trip – – I could not let my parents go without seeing the exhibit! Luckily we were able to attend during the DMA Family Days, which means free admission (yay!), live mariachi music (double yay!) and access to many hands-on activities (triple yay!).

Whether you are local or not, I highly recommend making the trip to view this exhibit before it comes to an end. The Mexico 1900-1950 exhibit is presented in two parts (due to space constraints) and in English and Spanish. You can also expect long lines before entering each exhibit, but fear not, they move rather quickly.

The exhibit takes you on a journey to Mexico and follows many Mexican artists through their travels and how those experiences influence their art. I loved exploring the “Mexicans in Paris” paintings, the Mexican Revolution art, and seeing famous paintings like “La Vendedora de Frutas” by Olga Costa, “Autorretrato” by Rosa Rolanda, and “Vendedora de Alcaraces” by Diego Rivera.

Obviously, the highlight of the exhibit was Frida Kahlo and she did not disappoint. I love seeing all of her paintings and drawing. While “The Two Fridas” painting is iconic, I enjoyed viewing the “Perro Itzcuintlu Conmigo” painting too considering she painting the cutest little dog.

The next few days make it a point to see this exhibit if you have not already. Ticket’s cost $16 and the Dallas Museum of Art is extending their hours on the last few days of the exhibit to ensure everyone can visit.

Are you a fan of Frida Kahlo? What do you like best about her or her paintings?

 

Featured Location: Dallas Museum of Art

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7 Comment

  1. Reply
    Gillian
    July 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I would love to see this. I grew up in Chicago and regularly visited the Art Institute. They haave a couple of her paintings but have never done an exhibit like this.

  2. Reply
    Michele
    July 13, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    That is great to know since I live only a few hours away (Huntsville!), but unfortunately I cannot make it to the exhibit. I love Mexican Revolution art as well as Frida’s work; they have so much expression and real emotion embedded into them.

  3. Reply
    Prerna Garg
    July 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    An exclusive exhibition of Mexican art is an interesting thing to attend. I wish I lived closer to be able to experience the art!

  4. Reply
    Anna
    July 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I always loved Frida’s work, even as a kid! Wish I could be in Dallas to see this.

  5. Reply
    joyfuliowan
    July 16, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Thi is such an interesting event to go see. I love to see other cultures art and Im sure I would love this.

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    connectedcolleague
    July 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I learned soo much here and thanks for sharing that it’s all available at the museum! Definitely an amazing reason to go and take the kids!

  7. Reply
    Mandy Allen
    July 17, 2017 at 10:39 am

    That’s interesting because I have never heard of these artists but recognise some of the paintings you include here. I should look further into them.

    Enjoy the journey!

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