What to Do in Playa Del Carmen: Visit Frida Kahlo Museum [Riviera Maya] Friday 13 July, 2018

Painter Frida Kahlo was a Mexican self-portrait artist who was married to Diego Rivera and is still admired as a feminist icon. While I am in Mexico I couldn’t leave Playa Del Carmen without visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum. Place with a huge mural in the middle of 5th Avenue to invite a Mexican legend that is Frida! 

Frida Kahlo is without a doubt one of the most influential artists of the last decades, nationally and internationally. Her artistic legacy, tied to her life, has made her a symbol of courage in the face of suffering.  In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

Frida’s Artwork

Kahlo’s paintings often feature root imagery with roots growing out of her body to tie her to the ground, reflecting in a positive sense the theme of personal growth; in a negative sense of being trapped in a particular place, time and situation; and finally in an ambiguous sense of how memories of the past influence the present for either good and/or ill.

As she suffered for the rest of her life from the bus accident in her youth, Kahlo spent much of her life in hospitals and undergoing surgery, much of it performed by quacks who Kahlo believed could restore her back to where she had been before the accident.[222] Many of Kahlo’s paintings are concerned with medical imagery, which is presented in terms of pain and hurt, featuring Kahlo bleeding and displaying her open wounds.[222] Many of Kahlo’s medical paintings, especially dealing with childbirth and miscarriage, have a strong sense of guilt, of a sense of living’s one life at the expense of another who has died so one might live.[223]

Visual representation modeled from some of Fridas painting depiction of a mix of fashion and pain in her life. In depicting the female body in graphic manner, Kahlo positioned the viewer in the role of the voyeur, “making it virtually impossible for a viewer not to assume a consciously held position in response. Kahlo made herself through her paintings into “the main character of her own mythology, as a woman, as a Mexican, and as a suffering person … She knew how to convert each into a symbol or sign capable of expressing the enormous spiritual resistance of humanity and its splendid sexuality.

The purpose of the Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya Museum is to explore the key events in the artist´s life and to undertake a series of conceptual approaches with them, so that the public can relate to and understand the overwhelming existence of a woman whose footprints have marked society. I would highly recommend this beautiful museum to honor the iconic female artist of Frida Kahlo. Her legacy lives all over Mexico from clothing, to dolls and merchandise and more so she lives on.

Learn more about the museum here museofridakahlorivieramaya.org

Thank you to Palms at Playa for organizing the Frida Kahlo Museum experience while I stayed at their hotel on my trip. Read my review about The Palm at Playa and the wonderful boutique hotel in Playa Del Carmen here

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  • Amy says:

    Wow, that is some crazy art!! I love how vibrant the paintings are!

  • I visited Playa del Carmen in a cruise stop. It was beautiful next time I visit I need to go to this museum!

  • Bill Sweeney says:

    Those are some great art pieces. I would love to go to the Frida Kahlo Museum and look at all of these masterpieces.

  • Jamie Yonash says:

    Wow, this artwork is wonderful and so interesting. I will have to keep this museum in mind!

  • I had never heard of Frida Kahlo but the art is so intriguing. You have really touched on the great things to do in Playa del Carmen.

  • Love Frida! Sounds like an awesome place! Also love following your trip and the pictures!

  • I think it’s amazing that there’s a museum in Riviera solely dedicated to Frida Kahlo and her amazing works of art! She’s just one of a kind and it’s nice to recognize her work!

  • Wow, this is some interesting artwork! So creative in expressing themselves!

  • Jeanine says:

    Wow how cool I’ve heard quite a bit about Frida but never really looked into her much but boy was she something! Such amazing work.

  • I’ve been to Playa del Carmen, but it looks like I need to go back so I can check out this museum! The art is so unusual and amazing!

  • Rosey says:

    I have heard of her, and knew her by sight, but I’ve never seen her work. I didn’t know any of her history. Now I have a little of both (and thank you!).

  • Emily says:

    What a phenomenal artist and that the history of her life is told through her art. It’s so cool that her art now comes in the form of dolls and other items.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    These art pieces are so unique I would want to visit the museum! Frida Kahlo’s art pieces show so much of her life. Made me teary eyed. There is so much suffering in those paintings. 🙁

  • Jenn Mitchell says:

    All of this art here is so very stunning. Some of these pieces are just breath taking to think someone made them.

  • Rachel says:

    I would love to visit that museum sometime. I have been a huge fan of her work for years. I loved the movie about her.

  • Dogvills says:

    Honestly, this is the first time I have heard about Frida Kahlo, the artist. OMG, her works are fantastic. There is so much to learn about her life just by looking at the paintings and sculptures.

  • I would love to visit Playa del Carmen and the Frida Kahlo Museum! I love looking at works of art like those paintings.

  • robin rue says:

    That artwork is all so beautiful! I would love to see it in person someday!

  • Audrey says:

    Frida Kahlo’s art pieces are from a unique vision. I think they’re really amazing.

  • I spy butterflies!

    I love Frida and I love Mexico, it has been way too long since my last visit.

    I had a chance to cover the New York Botanical Garden tribute to Frida, where they recreated so much of her home and did an amazing living tribute to her and her work.

    Frida was such a strong spirit and a true #Boss, her strength inspires and amazes me.

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    Beautiful pieces! I wish I can visit here!

  • Nkem says:

    This artwork is amazing and visiting the museum sounds like a worthwhile time on this trip. It’s something I’d love to do!

  • Crystal says:

    I have to admit that I only knew of her work in the last few years. Her iconic unibrow stood out the most, and I always wanted to learn much more about her. I did remember that a lot of her artwork was influenced by her tragic accident. I’d LOVE to visit the museum!!

  • These pieces are so unique. I had no idea Friday Kahlo had an entire museum dedicated to her.

  • I love traveling out of the country and especially seeing the different types of art. These look like some amazing paintings!

  • Mimi Green says:

    This has been a great lesson. I’ve heard of Frida Kahlo and I’m familiar with her signature unibrow but I did not know much else. In the movie Coco I learned a bit more than I knew before.

  • Kita says:

    I’d definitely visit the Frida Kahlo museum. I love her work. Saving this to my travel bucket list.

  • Tanay says:

    Yasssss Frida. I did not know she had an entire museum. Her artwork is beautiful. Thank you for showing us! I know so many people think party when they think ocf Mexico. I’m glad to see something different.

  • My Teen Guide says:

    Thank you for introducing to me the work of a great artist! I love her art. It depicts so many unspoken words. There is such a deep meaning in each and every one of her paintings and sculptures.

  • Terri says:

    I’ll be honest. I’ve never been much into art, but something about this piques my interest. I wouldn’t mind taking a trip to see these.

  • Gina says:

    I have visited Playa Del Carmen several times and have never been to this museum. This post makes me sad that I’ve overlooked it so many times. thanks for the review and for bringing this museum to my attention.

  • Tione says:

    These are very creative art piece with a lot to tell behind it.

  • Kristin says:

    I’m really shocked that there is so much cluture and art in such a beautiful town such as this. I’d love to visit here!

  • Stacie says:

    That would certainly be on my short list of places to see in Playa del Carmen. Frida was such an amazing artist, and it’s always fun to explore the cultural side of a city.

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