During this period of isolation, Google Arts & Culture have opened the doors to La Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo museum, tucked away in the suburbs of Mexico.
Stop by 247 de la Calle de Londres in the centre of Coyoacán, La Casa Azul (The Blue House) is sure to have a queue of curious fans outside. The beautiful villa, with its façade painted in vibrant azure according to Mexican tradition, is the former house of Frida Kahlo who lived there for the majority of her life. It was the family house bought by her father in 1904, and then extended by Diego Rivera. On August 6, 1907, the artist was born in the house, and it was here that she died 47 years later. On entering Casa Azul, Frida’s spirit can be felt everywhere. In her atelier are carefully arranged pigments facing her easel, while in the kitchen which once welcomed the couple’s friends to the house, including their renowned neighbor, Trotsky who lived next door with his wife, are playful ceramics. The artist and Trotsky were at one point in time very close and even had a brief affair. The gardens are dotted with cactuses, and other tropical plants enlace the hordes of pre-Colombian statuettes. In the bedroom, an urn in the form of her face lies on her bed, holding her ashes. Beside is the mirror in which Frida, bedridden, observed herself to paint her famous self-portraits, such as The Two Fridas and Frida y la cesarea, now on display in the villa. Her daily life is shown through her dresses, corsets, jewelry, makeup and personal objects that have been meticulously preserved. It is a moving visit and a privileged glimpse into the life of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.Translated by Ashe de Sousa
Visit the Museum here: https://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx