The V&A Museum in London has partially recreated the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s home ‘The Blue House’ for an extraordinary collection of her personal artefacts and clothing for the exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.”
Architecture studio Gibson Thornley and set designer Tom Scutt have recreated a series of simple fragments from Kahlo's Mexico City home, as the setting for the exhibition which include her bed, the fabric from one of her dresses, and the temple in her garden.
It took four years for historians to catalogue some 6,000 photographs, 12,000 documents, and 300 items found. And now, many of these personal artefacts and clothes are housed in the V&A as part of its summer exhibition, “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.”
Dezeen quoted Matt Thornley, co-director of Gibson Thornley: “Rather than physically building bits of architecture, we wanted to make cases and archways that are like an architectural construct.” “We were also keen to avoid creating a pastiche of Mexican culture.” “We wanted to do something that was inherently modern and inherently linked to her."
The exhibition is more of a perspective on Kahlo's compelling life story rather than just an exhibition of Kahlo's artwork. The exhibition aims to tell the story of Kahlo’s life and character through photographs and letters, as well as personal items such as clothing and jewelry, and medical objects which include braces and crutches.
“One of the things that we wanted to do was really talk about the duality of Frida — that she has European ancestry but was Mexican, that she was seen as this incredibly strong outward icon, but was actually incredibly fragile," Dezeen quoted Thornley.
“Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” is on view through November 4, 2018 at V&A Museum, London.
Founder: Louise Blouin