The largest exhibition dedicated to the artist over the last 10 years in the United States and the first to display the collection of her clothing and personal possessions, rediscovered in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. The items were stored in the Casa Azul, the longtime home of Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, who gave instructions to not disclose them until 15 years after his death.
Besides these personal objects, “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” includes paintings, drawings, photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film, ephemera and works from the major holdings of Mesoamerican art of Brooklyn Museum. All the pieces on show narrate how Kahlo crafted her appearance as well as her public character, creating a unique personal style, also shaped by her political beliefs as well personal life experiences, including her physical disabilities.
- Nickolas Muray, "Frida in New York", 1946, Brooklyn Museum; Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2010.80. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)