IMMERSIVE FRIDA KAHLO
- By ARLENE WINNICK
The work of legendary artist Frida Kahlo is instantly recognizable so I was not surprised to receive news of an immersive exhibit in her honor. Though it was created by the people responsible for last year’s brilliant Van Gogh Immersive, this exhibit is different as it feels like you are stepping into her world and her life as you discover the people, events, and obstacles that made her the extraordinary woman and artist she was. It’s almost like the dramatic brushstrokes in each painting bring the artist’s world to life.
The Mexican-born Kahlo was married to famed muralist and painter Diego Rivera. Sadly, she lived in Diego’s shadow in the art world during her lifetime though time has brought her the recognition she richly deserves. Kahlo was plagued with physical ailments most from a serious bus accident. Her right leg was amputated and she was frequently bedridden. Hence, she was often the subject/model of her paintings (one third of her paintings were self-portraits) seeming to explore her identity and pain through her artwork. Her work has been described as magic realism though she said, “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”
Her bold iconic works have now become a symbol of female empowerment that lends itself to the large-scale projections, state-of-the-art technology and the powerful musical score that compose this 360-degree experience in the Lighthouse Immersive Gallery.
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