Frida Kahlo “Appearances Can Be Deceiving”

Brooklyn Museum

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Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. The objects, which range from noteworthy examples of Kahlo’s Tehuana clothing, contemporary and pre-Colonial jewelry, and some of the many handpainted corsets and prosthetics used by the artist during her lifetime, shed new light on how Kahlo crafted her appearance and shaped her personal and public identity. They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To highlight the collecting interests of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, works from our extensive holdings of Mesoamerican art are also included. Offering an intimate glimpse into the artist’s life, the exhibition explores how politics, gender, clothing, national identities, and disability played a part in defining Kahlo’s self-presentation in her work and life.




from February 08, 2019 to May 12, 2019


Frida Kahlo

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