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Mexico opens large exhibit of Frida Kahlo's art work 墨西哥舉辦芙烈達.卡蘿大型個展


Journalists look at the famous painting "The Two Fridas" done in 1939 by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, at the Museum of the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City, June 12, 2007.

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The work of painter Frida Kahlo is on display in Mexico in the largest-ever exhibit of her paintings, including unpublished documents shedding light on her militant politics and family life.

The exhibit covers eight large rooms in the Museum of the Fine Arts Palace with 354 pieces, some displayed for the first time in Mexico.

Marking the 100th birthday of the artist, the exhibit is the product of a joint effort of 69 institutions and collectors using her paintings and letters to show her artistic trajectory and episodes in her often difficult life, including the torment of 33 operations, her marriage to muralist Diego Rivera, her time in the United States and her political activism.

Kahlo (1907-1954) twice married Rivera (1886-1957) and was a close friend of Russian communist leader Leon Trotsky.

She suffered intense emotional pain inflicted by the philandering Rivera and physical pain after being stricken by polio and from a bus crash.

Co-curator Juan Coronel Rivera said that Frida Kahlo's popularity was similar to that of Pablo Picasso. "She is of the people. She is a universal icon," he said.

Apart from Kahlo's distinctive self-portraits, one room in the exhibit is devoted to her political life, and details her support for the communist party, her friendship with Trotsky and other figures from the era.

There is also an "intimate" space with images from her family life and the little known period as a teacher and photography model in her youth. Organizers said there is a special section devoted to her father, Guillermo Kahlo, considered to be a crucial creative influence that helped shape the artist.(AFP)



Greg: Hey, what have you been up to?

Mia: I went to the fine arts museum this weekend. I had a really great time.

Greg: What did you look at while you were there?

Mia: I spent most of my time in the Medieval paintings section.

Greg: I haven't seen any of those in a blue moon.






blue moon 很久

A blue moon is technically a calendar month when two full moons occur. It is a metaphor for a long time.

「blue moon」是指有兩次滿月的月份,隱含許久之意。









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