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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I am a not so typical, unstereotypical 20something year old lady who is trying to make my mark on this planet. This blog has many aspect through my visual perspective through photos, words & wittiness. I am highly creative, I love to socialize, and also a social media butterfly. I don’t follow trends, I create them.

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