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Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe Makes First Appearance in Brooklyn

Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

Frida wallpaper and photo-op at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Vivian Wang.

The uni-brow. The subtle mustache. The dignified facial expression and black hair adorned with a floral headdress.

These are the traits the public has come to know of the iconic Mexican painter and artist Frida Kahlo. Now, 65 years after her death, Frida continues to enchant modern audiences with her Revolution-driven perspectives and boldly colorful self portraits. Her volatile yet endearing relationship with muralist Diego Rivera intrigues and inspires romance novels, and her unique sense of fashion, which forges Indigenous patterns with the spirit of Mexico, has solidified her status as a pop culture icon.

The Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving exhibit – now on view at the Brooklyn Museum – is a testament to Frida Kahlo’s relentless importance and influence in today’s world. It is the largest show on U.S. soil so far that is devoted to the artist’s work and gives viewers a chance to see Kahlo’s personal artifacts from Casa Azul for the very first time.

The exhibit dives deep into her origins with rare childhood photographs taken by her German father Guillermo Kahlo, along with intimate letters exposing her love affairs outside her unstable marriage with Diego Rivera. Famous paintings on display include Portrait of Diego Rivera, Me and My Doll, and Self Portrait with Monkeys. Additionally, visitors get a first-hand understanding of Kahlo’s commitment to her cultural identity through the Mexican Revolution, which included both her interest in Indigenous art and avid support for communist ideals.

To me, the most exciting part of the exhibit was getting to see the pieces of clothing and accessories worn by Frida herself. So often we see these beautiful fabrics in her self portraits or in the black and white photographs taken by her lover Nicholas Murray, but never have we been able to see them first hand on display until now.

You can see Frida’s struggles with her health (childhood polio and an almost-fatal bus accident) in the tiny leather shoes she wore, which have been readjusted to help with her balance and spine placement. The many corsets on display protected her fragile torso from breaking and served as her “second skin,” which she sometimes even painted to depict her deteriorating health and a miscarriage that followed her marriage. Her vibrant huipil skirts (some of which still have faint traces of blue paint on them), rebozos (shawls), Tehuantepec-inspired blouses, and her antique makeup collection (she was a huge fan of red Revlon nail polish apparently!) serve as colorful assets to the entire exhibit, making it a special experience for visitors to witness a truly physical part of Frida Kahlo’s identity.

Visitors at the Brooklyn Museum entering the Frida exhibit. Photo by Vivian Wang.

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is on display at the Brooklyn Museum through May 12. You can purchase timed and untimed tickets here. Please note there is no photography allowed inside the exhibit.

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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20 Comments

  1. Liz Fernandez April 6, 2019

    I would like to buy tickets for Saturday April 27.

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  2. Katherine Stern April 11, 2019

    I am interested in purchasing 6 senior tickets for Freiday May 10th

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  3. Deborah Rhem April 12, 2019

    I would like to purchase two tickets for the Frida Kahlo exhibit for Wednesday April 17th. I am a Brooklyn Museum member. I am a senior coming with another senior that day. We are coming from the Bronx so I hope our request will be granted. Thank You

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  4. Deborah Rhem April 12, 2019

    Hope to hear from the Brooklyn Museum soon.A member of the Brooklyn Museum. Hope to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit Wednesday April 17.Asking for two tickets on that day. Thanks

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    1. Margarita Julian April 19, 2019

      Need 4 tickets for Monday 04 ,22,19 how can I get them??

  5. Carol Kent April 26, 2019

    I would like to bring my 9 yr old granddaughter to the Frida Kahlo Show. Is there a charge for children 9 years old. I am also a senior at the age of 75 yrs old old. I am a visitor from Florida. My granddaughter lives here in Brooklyn.

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  6. Helen Tomlinson April 27, 2019

    I am looking for 3 tickets for Tuesday May 7, 2019 2 of us are senors, we already planned our trip from Texas, just looking to buy tickets and notice it’s difficult to get tickets

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  7. Beatriz rodas April 27, 2019

    Hi i will like to buy 2 tickets for April 29 hope to heard soon . How i can get them??

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  8. Leticia Zepeda April 28, 2019

    Is the exibit coming to Chicago. Please let me know. Thank you

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  9. Victoria Guarino-Rivera April 28, 2019

    I would like 2 senior tickets for this coming week – are tickets available?

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  10. Norma Armato April 28, 2019

    How long is it open

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  11. Urmila April 30, 2019

    I hope you can coordinate with the DeYoung or Legion of Honor to show the exhibit in San Francisco

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  12. Joaquin Parada May 4, 2019

    Will exhibit come to California

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  13. Joaquin Parada May 4, 2019

    Will exhibit come to Los Angeles

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  14. Anita H May 5, 2019

    Yes would love to purchase tickets for this display how do I go about doing this? Please let me know Thanks!!!

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  15. Hele-Mai Varik May 6, 2019

    Do you still have tickets for frieda’s exhibition?

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  16. Miguel Torres May 8, 2019

    Are tickets Still avail?

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  17. I would like to buy tickets for today. I’m super excited!!

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  18. Esmeralda Emeric May 9, 2019

    Is this exhibit going to any other cities in U.S.?

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  19. Ashley August 7, 2019

    I would like to buy 5 tickets for today 8/7/19

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