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Frida: Viva La Vida

Frida Kahlo, arguably Mexico’s most famous painter was known for her self-portraits which explore gender, class and race alongside her own personal pain of miscarriage and injury from a terrible accident suffered when she was just eighteen.

Born over 100 years ago, Kahlo is still one of the world’s most recognisable painters with her unique style, piercing gaze and colourful dress and which was also depicted in many of her paintings. Exploring the two sides to her spirit comes new documentary Frida: Viva La Vida – on one side, the revolutionary self-taught artist and on the other, the severely injured human, impaled during a bus accident rendering her unable to carry a baby to term and a volatile yet passionate relationship with fellow artist Diego Rivera.

Kahlo, Frida
“Die zwei Fridas”, 1939.
Öl auf Leinwand, 173 × 173 cm.
Mexico, Museo de Arte Moderno.

Frida: Viva La Vida reveals the two faces of this fascinating artist consisting of Frida’s own words and letters, interviews with family, art historians and experts, video reconstructions and visiting Kahlo’s old haunts including the house where she recovered from her accident. And of course her paintings which are housed in some of the most incredible and colourful museums in Mexico including the Frida Kahlo Museum and Museo de Arte Moderno.

Frida Kahlo was a brilliant artist and her artwork is still as confronting and vibrant today as it was when she was painting in the 1920’s until her death in 1954. While many people would love to visit the museums in Mexico to see her paintings, this can be expensive so why not enjoy this documentary and access to many of Kahlo’s paintings, museums and experts to find more about the two sides to this Mexican artist.

Frida: Viva La Vida playing in selected cinemas nationwide from 30th January 2020


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