New York Botanical Gardens is currently holding the first exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work to focus on the iconic artist’s botanical-themed pieces.
The exhibit is called FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life and features works like the well-known Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird displayed below. Fashion designer Carolina Herrera is amongst sponsors that include Bloomberg Philanthropies, Pineda Covalin, AeroMexico and Univision.
In addition to showing 14 paintings and works on paper, the Botanical Gardens have used their Conservatory to recreate Kahlo’s garden from her Mexico City-based Casa Azul, the lifelong home she shared with her husband — the equally famous artist Diego Rivera. She made the garden distinctly indigenous to Mexico by uprooting the ferns her father had planted and replacing them with columnar cacti, agave and other plants native to Mexico. The themes of flora and fauna and Kahlo’s connection to the natural world were often found in her art.
Carolina Herrera shared:
“Frida Kahlo has been a source of inspiration for me; her vibrant use of color, sense of proportion and her whimsical style all her own. It is fantastic to welcome her exquisite paintings to the Botanical Garden.”
Art, Garden, Life is the first exhibition of Kahlo’s work in New York in over ten years. It will run through November 15, 2015.