Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.

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Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.

If you’re looking for a great way to spend a day this summer, be sure to visit the New York Botanical Garden and check out, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. Opening Saturday May 16th and running through November 1, this groundbreaking exhibition will transport you to Frida Kahlo’s beloved hometown in Coyoacán, Mexico, without ever having to leave New York City.

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.

Start the day off at the Mertz Library to view a rare collection of garden inspired works by Kahlo. Fourteen pieces put together by guest curator Adriana Zavala, Ph.D., include paintings such as Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940), and Still Life with Parrot and Flag (1951). In addition to Frida’s works there will be a special exhibit on the fourth floor entitled The Two Fridas, featuring pieces by Humberto Spíndola.  A three-dimensional reimagining of the original portrait, Spíndola uses reeds designed to emulate Frida’s figure, and adorns them with tissue papers, shaped and tinted to replicate the dresses she wore in the iconic painting.

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. Still Life With Pamot

Next, be sure to take a walk through the “courtyard,” a reproduction of Frida’s historic home in Mexico City, Casa Azul. Located in the Haupt Conservatory, and brought to life by award-winning scenery designer, Scott Pask, it’s perhaps the most talked about feature of this exhibition. The meticulously thought out display captures the lush Mexican garden in which Frida spent many of her days, both retreating and creating. Every detail was considered in its conception including live garden plants native to Mexico, a scaled version of her stepped pyramid displaying pre-Hispanic pieces, and a rendering of her studio that overlooked the garden.

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. The Two Fridas

Finally, complete this immersive experience with some outdoor entertainment aptly named, Frida al Fresco.  It will feature live indigenous music, dance performance, and traditional Mexican cuisine, (including dishes made from Frida Kahlo’s personal recipes)! The world renowned Villalobos Brothers are the guest artists, performing for the opening and closing weekends of the exhibition as well as June 20th for a special father’s day concert, Canciones de mi Padre.

Whether you’re an art appreciator, a garden enthusiast, or simply want a reason to spend the day outside enjoying the splendor of spring, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is worth the trip. For more details regarding tickets, exhibit information and entertainment dates, visit