With Love from Mexico

The year 2007 was the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo Although she was the most famous female artist of the first half of the 20th century, her work was very seldom to be seen in the original. The Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin exhibits works never before seen and assumed to be lost. There will also be approximately 70 drawings, some of them hitherto unpublished, which reveal unknown aspects of the artist’s personality. These will include landscapes that metamorphose into sexual fantasies and subtaly humorous plays on words and images. The codes needed to decipher these conceits will be clearly explained. Frida Kahlo’s artistic development from the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit), through Mexican Estridentism to Surrealism and her very own blend of Realism will be comprehensively presented.