On the Frida Kahlo art trail in Mexico City
The selling point of this museum – the most visited in all of Mexico City - is that it was the house where Frida Kahlo was born, lived her life and died. When one enters the Blue House, they’re transported immediately to Frida’s universe, and within it, you’ll find not only her most famous works like Viva la Vida and Frida and her Cesarean, but also diaries, dresses, mirrors and even her bed. In fact, her ashes can be found in what was her bedroom.
Dolores Olmedo’s life was as vibrant as her collection: Featuring portraits and photographs celebrating the best of Mexico, furniture and Asian antiques. The first room exhibits the intimate nature of her home and introduces the public to this legendary woman.
As friend and benefactress of Diego Rivera, the main treasure of her collection are the works of the famed painter and that of his most beloved women: his first wife, Angelina Beloff and Frida Kahlo, whose paintings are constantly traveling the world and therefore may not be on display upon your visit. The museum has 27 of Frida’s paintings, among which you’ll find the Autorretrato con changuito (1945).
It’s worth checking out the areas: the bedroom or studio of painter Diego Rivera have nothing to do with his workshop, tall and enormous. It’s also impossible not to point out the bridge that eased communication between the two Mexican masters: physically and emotionally. It’s a great example of how the architect interpreted the needs of Diego and Frida, in order to blend those needs and subsequent restlessness into what resulted as a functional building.
In 1867, Benito Juárez’s government established the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, which it continued to be until 1978, when it closed. The building houses diverse murals by artists such as Jean Charlot, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. It was precisely in this building that Frida Kahlo met Diego Rivera for the first time, when he was painting La Creación in 1922, which was his first mural, in the institution’s Simón Bolívar amphitheater.
It's one of the most important collections of 20th century art in Latin America. Beyond its offering of high-quality temporary exhibits, it also boasts its own collection of artists such as Diego Rivera, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo. It also has an important collection of work by Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Amongst their collection of Frida Kahlo’s works is The Two Fridas.
This museum houses the history of León Trotsky and his wife Natalia Sedova, when they were persecuted by Stalin’s regime. After being rejected by Turkey, France and Norway, the couple received support from Diego River and Octavio Fernandez. They first moved into the Casa Azul, but after a romantic scandal between Trotsky and Frida Kahlo, they moved to another residence that was purchased with donations from the Socialist Workers Party of the United States. In 1990, it was converted into a museum. Leon Trotsky’s ashes remain in the garden.