At Palazzo Albergati, during the last years the best place in Bologna where art exhibitions take place, there will be, until the 26th of March, the Gelman Collection that gathers the most important Mexican XXth century pieces of art.
The artworks that are exposed are not only by the famous Frida Kahlo but also by other mexican artists such as Diego Rivera (Frida’s husband), RufinoTamayo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Ángel Zárraga. The first exposition rooms are actually dedicated to those artists and their colourful artworks.
I really couldn’t wait to visit this exhibition to see the artworks of the incredible Frida Kahlo, a woman with an incredible allure that went throughout time and history! I waited to find the best moment to visit it (during the week is the best, with no crowd) and especially the right company for sharing this experience (my amazing mum who came to visit me in Bologna;) ).
During this journey inside Frida’s world I must say that the artworks by his husband and people she hung out with better collocate her artist and woman’s path. Her strong, rebel and passionate spirit it’s better understandable knowing more deeply the life she had around.
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” [Frida Kahlo]
Unfortunately you can’t take pictures at the exhibition, just only in the room with her clothes’ reproductions and with some pieces made by famous stylists (like Gianfranco Ferrè or Antonio Marras), who were inspired by her style. Here there are some pics of the beautiful and colorful clothes with the mexican touch:
The love she felt for her husband Diego Rivera, an incredible and maybe ill feeling, it’s something you can feel since the beginning untill the end of her artist’s career… I must admit I got touched deeply and somehow also upset. Her sometimes destructive love, gave her lots of pain but also artistic inspiration; those kind of romantic loves that struggled us deeply but that also fire up some parts of our souls… who has not lived it once this kind of love?
“Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure.” [Frida Kahlo]
I really got touched by her self portraits, it’s really amazing seeing them”live”… so intense and strong that really can touch your soul. It’s also amazing how she didn’t see her beauty as she really was so beautiful! There are lots of pictures, taken during the years by some photographers who were friends or colleagues, that really tell how beautiful and fascinating she was; I fell in love with some shoots… she was so proud and beautiful (even during her illness), a perfect main character so intense she could go trough the film! Before that day I never got to see most of this pictures (Black and white or colors), so this exhibition can really give a unique glance on Frida’s life.
Don’t miss the chance to make this amazing journey through mexican art and Frida’s artworks, you will go out with a lot of positive sensations and a little bit of this woman’s spirit. Her personality and intense thoughts will always be alive, thanks to her artworks 🙂
NB: I suggest you to visit the shop at the end of the exhibition, I bought some prints and postcards with Frida’s pictures I really never found anywhere else 😉