Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe Gets Its Own Photography Exhibit

BY TEAM JST Ishiuchi Miyako Frida Kahlo 1

Photo: Michael Hoppen Gallery/© Ishiuchi Miyako

What happens when a genius photographer meets Frida Kahlo’s possessions?

Check them out this month in London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery.

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If you’ve been to Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico, then you’ve seen the famous painter’s personal possessions which were originally stored in her Blue House located in Mexico City. After Kahlo’s death in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera had put her belongings out of public eye. 47 years after his death, more than 300 intimate items of Kahlo’s were finally rediscovered and shown in Museo Frida Kahlo. Ishiuchi Miyako Frida Kahlo 2

Photo: Michael Hoppen Gallery/© Ishiuchi Miyak

When the museum commissioned Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi (石内 都) to capture Kahlo’s items for her series: Frida, a quiet and tranquil sense of magic occurred. Prior to the shoot, Ishiuchi didn’t know very much about Kahlo. But clearly, a profound understanding evokes throughout the photographic experience. 

From May 14 – July 12, travelers can see Ishiuchi’s artwork displaying at Michael Hoppen Gallery. The gallery’s website explains:

In documenting Frida, Ishiuchi Miyako again respectfully sifts through the ephemera left behind by an individual and in doing so makes intimate revelations about one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. Frida Kahlo (1907 -1954) was an invalid throughout her life…Ishiuchi Miyako’s images document the traditional Tehuana dresses that both concealed the damage to her lower body and acted as a feminist salute to the matriarchal society from which they are derived. Through her photographs Ishiuchi came to recognise the parallel between these traditional garments and the kimonos of her own country, an ‘ephipany’ that is evident in the images themselves. Throughout the photographs there is a particular awareness, a tenderness that is inherent to a woman looking through another woman’s intimate possessions. Ishiuchi Miyako Frida Kahlo 4

Photo: Michael Hoppen Gallery/© Ishiuchi Miyak Ishiuchi Miyako Frida Kahlo 7

Photo: Michael Hoppen Gallery/© Ishiuchi Miyak

Kahlo was heavily influenced by indigenous Mexican culture, which was always apparent in her use of bright colors, dramatic symbolism and primitive style. She lived from July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954, her style goes down in history as vibrant prints on gorgeous dresses. An unforgettable unibrow embellished by luscious flowers in her hair.

Meanwhile Ishiuchi’s photography tend to be oversize grainy prints and gritty subject matter (are-bure, or grainy-blurry) particularly in the late 1960s and 1970s. In the early 1900s, she gained notoriety by her close-up photographs of elders. Her depictions of Kahlo’s personal belongs is a fascinating take of the present upon the artistic past. Ishiuchi Miyako Frida Kahlo 5

Photo: Michael Hoppen Gallery/© Ishiuchi Miyak Ishiuchi Miyako Frida Kahlo 6

Photo: Michael Hoppen Gallery/© Ishiuchi Miyak


map michael hoppen gallery londonMichael Hoppen Gallery

3 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD, United Kingdom (map, website)

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 10.30am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed





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One Comment on “Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe Gets Its Own Photography Exhibit”

  1. May 12, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    Wowwwww… just the pictures are impressive. I can’t even imagine in person.

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