- 1. Frida’s mother was of Tehuana heritage (from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec area). Frida looked exactly like her, unibrow and all.
- 2. Her father was born in Pforzheim, Germany, changed his name from Wilhelm to Guillermo when he moved to Mexico.
- 3. Arlington, VA and Coyoacán in Mexico City are sister cities.
The exhibit made me think of my trip to Mexico in 2010 and a visit to Casa Azul in the quiet neighborhood of Coyoacán, which today houses Frida Kahlo Museum. I can’t say I share all of Frida’s passions (fascination with communism, for one) but her vivid sense of identity and history is definitely something that speaks to me in her art and spoke to me in that house. Casa Azul and its beautiful garden clearly show Frida’s – and Diego’s – love of vibrant color, Mexican folk tradition, and pre-Hispanic art. The interior has been meticulously preserved, including Frida’s collection of clothes and jewelry, and several of her paintings. The garden is lush and peaceful with a friendly cat hanging around. It feels like they never left…
The museum put together a great video that interweaves the personal photos from the Rosslyn exhibit with images from Casa Azul. Frida Kahlo fans – enjoy!