Explore the Work of Frida Kahlo Like Never Before

7 May 2020

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Toni Frissell and Adam Cuerden

 

At this point, we’re all desperately missing a Sunday stroll through the Art Institute. But even at home, there are still new ways to discover art and be amazed by our favorite creators. If you’re missing the days of getting lost in an exhibit and learning about a new craft, Google Arts and Culture has the cure for you. They’ve compiled exhibits from 30 different cultural institutions to put together one massive Frida Kahlo digital exhibit, where you can explore her work like never before.

 

Faces of Frida

Everyone is familiar with the famously monobrowed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, whose folk portraits, self portraits and portrayals of nature are seminal pieces of art history. But through their goliath online exhibit, Faces of Frida, Google Arts and Culture is seeking to deepen our knowledge of the artist by providing a closer look at her life, art and legacy.

The exhibit includes editorial features, which provide fascinating and contextualizing insight into Khalo’s self portrayal, chronic illness and politics, all of which were such integral components of her work. As for her art itself, the exhibit allows viewers to zoom in close into miniscule details from her paintings, examining brush strokes and technique like never before. The expansive collection of over 800 Kahlo works is sorted into the many facets of her life — pain, death, identity, memories, duality, friendships, politics — and extends beyond just paintings to include sketches, drawings, diary entries and personal correspondence letters.

Broadening the scope for examining the artist’s work, Faces of Frida also includes other artists’ portrayals of Kahlo, Kahlo’s vivacious clothing and most personal possessions and virtual tours of her home and studio, the Blue House. On top of that, Faces of Frida dives into the lasting legacy of her work, from how it’s affected LGBTQ artists, to her influence on music and fashion.

We can’t think of a better way to while a Sunday afternoon than to get lost deep in the life, work and influence of this iconic painter.