CHAOS WITHIN. AN EXHIBITION ON FRIDA KAHLO IN TURIN
To understand Frida Kahlo it is necessary to enter her world, and an exhibition in Turin allows us to get to know the kaleidoscope of cultural and political fragments, of family roots (her mother of Spanish and Amerindian origins and her German father, the photographer Guillermo Kahlo Kaufmann, who was naturalised Mexican), of sufferings from illness and then from the serious accident that immobilised her when she was 18 in bed and from miscarriages, but also of love and passion, such as that for the Mexican artist and unfaithful husband Diego Rivera, as well as for other charismatic men, such as the Bolshevik revolutionary Lev Trockij.
Frida Kahlo exhibition in Turin
The exhibition on Frida Kahlo in Turin is a unique opportunity to admire reproductions of numerous paintings held mainly in museums in Mexico City and New York, but also an original work by Frida: the delicate self-portrait Piden Aeroplanos y les dan Alas de Petate (1938).
In addition to Frida’s works, the exhibition also features a valuable photographic section, in which one can admire the shots of the Colombian photographer, Leo Matiz, Frida’s close friend, who was able to capture the truest essence of the artist and Frida’s passion, which stirred her soul in everything she did.
Characterised by the extensive use of multimedia, the Frida Kahlo exhibition in Turin occupies two floors of the Mastio della Cittadella di Torino, along the city’s ancient city walls (Corso Galileo Ferraris), and is a sensorial journey to discover Frida’s universe, represented by her paintings, but also by many documents.
The exhibition in Turin is divided into four thematic sections:
- The broken column, with 3D installation;
- The endless journey, with still lifes and portraits;
- Querido doctorcito, full-scale holographic projection of Frida;
- Private Frida, a selection of stereoscopic photographs featuring Frida in the most intimate aspects of her everyday life, portrayed by the famous American art dealer Julien Lévy, who met Frida in New York and became her lover in the 1930s. The images come from Lévy’s recently rediscovered private archive.
Along the way are faithful, full-scale reconstructions of the main rooms of Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo Museum) in Mexico City, where the painter lived until her death in 1954 at the age of 47.
In addition, there are six original lithographs by Diego Rivera, large reproductions of revolutionary Mexican murals, as well as dresses and jewellery that characterise Frida’s style, which is still paid homage to today, even by major fashion designers.
Also on show are autographed letters, personal diary pages, engravings, terracottas of the Maya culture so dear to the artist and her husband Diego and, finally, the section dedicated to the immortal fame of the painter, testified by 41 philatelic stamps from all over the world.
Also dedicated to Frida is the luminous work by sculptor Marco Lodola, on loan to the exhibition.
INFORMATION ON THE FRIDA KAHLO EXHIBITION IN TURIN
Frida Kahlo – The Chaos Within
Curators: Antonio Toribio Arévalo Villalba, Milagros Ancheita Alejandra Matiz, Maria Rosso, Vincenzo Sanfo and Sergio Uribe
National Artillery Museum
at the Mastio della Cittadella – Corso Galileo Ferraris
From 1 October 2022 to 26 February 2023
Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Last admission: 30 min. before closing time
Full weekends and public holidays 14 euro
Full weekdays 12 euro
Reduced 10 euro only c/o ticket office (young people up to 14 years, over 65, conventioned, university students, groups, disabled and accompanying persons)
Reduced 8 euros for Trenitalia travellers
Open 15 euros (Skip the line + Free limited edition poster)
Schools 5 euros
Free admission for children up to 5 years of age