If you only know her as the face printed on shirts, you should definitely visit the newly opened Frida Kahlo Museum in Playa del Carmen, dedicated to her work and life.
Because Frida Kahlo is way more than just a face on a cool hipster-shirt. The Mexican artist is one of the most remarkable and controversial female artists of the first half of the 20th century, showing a glimpse of the amazing woman and artist she was through her self-portraits.
Frida Kahlo, the woman who would always wear a traditional Mexican Tehuana dress, usually with decorative flowers braided in her hair, and who was known for her outspokenness and bravery. She managed to be a successful artist already during her lifetime, with her art being exhibited in New York and Paris, where one of her pieces was purchased by The Louvre in 1939.
Until recently, the only Frida Kahlo Museum was in her birth house in Mexico City. But last Sunday the world’s second Frida Kahlo Museum opened its doors in Playa del Carmen, giving people traveling to the Riviera Maya a chance to learn more about who Frida Kahlo really was and her controversial art. It takes you on an interactive journey through the artist’s tumultuous life, showcasing her art as well as copies of her diary, photos, personal letters and other objects that were of importance to her. All Displays are in Spanish and English.
The Frida Kahlo Museum in Playa del Carmen “is about getting to know the real Frida, the woman who would not be limited by the social norms of the time, who was politically active, and always true to herself”, says Alejandro Tamayo, the museum’s president. Although there are no original pieces of her art, the Frida Kahlo Museum makes you travel back in time and meet Frida in a very creative way. You learn about the history behind her art in a 270° cinema, in a beautiful multimedia show, replicas, or on interactive touchscreens.
The Frida Kahlo Museum in Playa del Carmen is located downtown on the 5th Avenue, just underneath the famous Frida Kahlo Restaurant. You really can’t miss it, with the huge Frida face looking over the Avenue.
Where: 5th Avenue with 8th Street
How much: $15 USD (10% discount for Mexicans, 50% discount for locals)
When: Daily from 9 am to 11 pm