“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” takes a deep dive into both Kahlo the painter and Kahlo the legend with a exhibition that includes not only her important canvases and other works of art, but also a collection of her clothing and personal possessions that had been kept out of sight for 50 years.
Locked away after her death in 1954, the items were re-discovered in 2004 and comprise traditional Tehuana dresses that Kahlo favored, as well as pre-Colonial jewelry she owned. Also included are the hand-painted corsets that Kahlo wore to support her back, which had been crushed by a collision between a trolley and a bus the 18-year old Frida was riding.
Photographs, films and ephemera related to Kahlo’s life round out the selection, along with examples of Mesoamerican art (an interest of both Kahlo and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera) drawn from the museum’s holdings. The show is up until May 12, with tickets going on sale December 3.