Tucked away in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City, the Casa Azul is where Frida Kahlo was born, created most of her work, and later died. Now a site of pilgrimage for fans the world over, Kahlo’s brilliantly blue villa and sprawling gardens are closed for the foreseeable – but you can still virtually explore its rooms and world-beating collection of artworks.
The Casa Azul – or Blue House – at 247 Calle de Londres has opened its doors for all to roam on a 360-degree virtual tour that lets you explore both her preserved living quarters and the galleries that make up the Frida Kahlo Museum. From the bright-yellow kitchen where Leon Trotsky came to tea to the bedroom where she convalesced following a near-fatal bus accident (and discovered her passion for painting), its rooms provide a fascinating insight into the life of one of the twentieth century’s great artists.
On the walls, you’ll spot some of Kahlo’s most famous works, including ‘Long Live Life’, ‘Frida and the Caesarean’ and ‘Portrait of My Father’, while notable objects include her prized easel, the bedside mirror that allowed her to paint her renowned self-portraits and the Aztec and Toltec statuettes scattered through the courtyard.
Usually there are queues round the block to get into this place. We say: skip ’em while you can!
Check out the virtual tour of Casa Azul now.
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