I bought this magnet from the Casa Azul in Mexico City. It was the late home of Frida Kahlo which is now a museum (free vitual tour in the link). It’s not very big but a very popular tourist stop in the suburbs of Mexico City. When everything is back to normal, remember to book your tickets in advance as all tickets are time stamped. The route through the home is one way and contains many of Frida’s personal items. There’s a store inside as well as another display on the other side of the courtyard with Frida’s outfits and and explanation of her wardrobe.
Frida Kahlo is infamous for her unibrow, flower crowns and choice of traditional Tehuana dresses. She’s depicted by these in modern art works of her. As I read about her life prior to my trip to Mexico and then after as well, it’s been interesting to learn that her choice of appearance was no accident. The Tehuana are a matriarchal society with famed embroidery techniques and are well known in Mexico for their independent and proud indigenous women.
Her surrealism works are filled with metaphors and changes throughout her life to reflect her inner world. Academically destined to become a doctor, this journey was brought to a halt when a bus accident occurred. She wore corsets for most of her adult life for ongoing back pain. She had a bad run in with her health- polio, vertebraes displaced and then later amputation of a leg due to gangrene, an abortion and appendectomy.
She married Diego Rivera (another Mexican artist) but their relationship was riddled with affairs and they ended divorcing.
To me, she is a poster woman for strength. Despite her ill-fortuned health, she continued doing what she loved, was unapologetically herself and stood up for what she believed. She was also politically active, bisexual and an international woman. Given she was alive in the early 20th century, she was really quite progressive for her time.