Aspire To Inspire

LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO

The main thing that got me to Mexico City was the exhibition of a portion of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe that has been on display in her museum, La Casa Azul, for the past year. This portion of the exhibit will be closing at the end of January and it was something that I have been dying to go and see since I first heard about it earlier this year.

Frida has been a major muse and inspiration to me for many years and I have a complete fascination with her life, her spirit and her style. She represents so many important things to me in what it means to be a real woman. She withstood so many hard ships and obstacles in her life and she overcame all of them with such radiance and dignity. To me, Frida represents a pioneer and a warrior and her perspective on her art and clothing personifies all that her spirit was full of: color, history, openness, complexity and individuality.

IMG 12371 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

A statue of Frida sits in a garden dedicated to her just a few blocks from the museum.

The museum is located in Coyoacan, one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods of Mexico City. The Blue House was where Frida lived since his birth and throughout her life with Diego until the day that she died. When Diego passed, he left the estate to be converted into a museum in Frida’s honor in 1958, and today it is one of the most visited museums in Mexico City.

IMG 1247 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

The house sits on beautiful grounds with several different structures that are connected to form the estate. The exhibit runs throughout the house starting with a gallery of Diego and Frida’s art and moving into their living quarters which are set exactly as they were left upon their death. The clothing portion is located in a separate building on the grounds. They call it “The Blue House” because it’s exterior is blue and is also used throughout the grounds and in the home.

IMG 1260 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 1261 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

A sampling of their work on display in the gallery:

IMG 2385 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 2386 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 2387 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 2388 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 23891 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 2390 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

One of Frida’s famous puppet theaters

IMG 2391 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

A piece from Diego Rivera

IMG 1239 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

A beautiful portrait of Frida at the end of the art exhibit

Walking into Frida’s home was surreal for me. After spending many years watching all of the movies about her and seeing a lifetime of imagery, all of the moments in the house I have in my memory and it was so amazing to be right there viewing it exactly as it was when they lived there. The energy I felt within this portion of the house is indescribable. The objects that they had on display throughout the house showcased their love of the arts and were a testament to the soulful life that they lived together.

IMG 1243 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

In the dining room, a minimal display sits on a shelf.

IMG 1244 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Their collection of things was abundant and on display everywhere.

IMG 1242 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

The embroidery on this linen tablecloth really blew me away.

IMG 1240 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

They were huge supporters of folk and Mexican art which you see throughout the house.

IMG 1245 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

This is the room that Leon Trotsky lived in while he was in Mexico. Remember that Frida and Trotsky had an affair while he was staying there. Diego’s overalls hang by the door.

 

The kitchen was one of my favorite spots in the house. I couldn’t get over the color and the detail put into this room and I felt her spirit so much here.

IMG 2393 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 2394 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 2395 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

The room below is outside of the kitchen down a flight of stairs and served as a sitting room. I was very intrigued by this room as it had much more of a darker feeling than the rest of the house with the portraiture that hung on the wall.

IMG 2396 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 1249 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

A walk up the stairway leads you directly to Frida and Diego’s studio. I was mesmerized by each of their work areas as well as their meticulous display of their art supplies which were exactly as they had left them when they died. I couldn’t stop staring at Frida’s wheelchair and the mirror on the table that she used for her self portraits. I stayed in this room for a good 30 minutes taking in every detail. Truly amazing.

IMG 2397 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Diego’s working desk.

IMG 2399 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Frida’s wheelchair and easel.

IMG 2400 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Frida’s art supplies and mirror sit in the studio.

IMG 2401 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

A reminder of Frida’s fascination with embryos hangs on the wall in the studio.

Right outside of the studio sits Frida’s tiny bedroom that was set up so that she could view outside into the gardens. This spot was perched at the center of the estate with a staircase leading out into the grounds. The best and most beautiful light was streaming into her room which is why I feel sure they placed her there while she was bed ridden. To me, this was the most sacred spot in the entire house.

IMG 2402 1024x768 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Frida’s bedroom

IMG 2403 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

A view of the mirror on the top of the bed that she used to paint self portraits while she was bed ridden. Her ashes sit beside the bed in a ceramic toad.

IMG 2404 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Right past Frida’s bedroom is Diego’s quarters which again represented a bit of a darker approach to their design aesthetic.

IMG 2405 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 2406 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

A cabinet of curiosities

IMG 2407 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

The exhibit of Frida’s wardrobe was on display within a separate structure on the grounds. All of the pieces were within glass and cases so it was really hard to get a clear picture. The color and the ethnicity of the garments is truly spectacular and the way she layered was quite unique. All of her prosthetics were also on display which gave a haunting insight into the deeply painful life that she endured because of her injuries.

IMG 2409 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 2410 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 2411 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 12641 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 1265 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 1263 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 1271 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 1270 690x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 1272 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 1267 738x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 1266 844x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

IMG 1268 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

At the end of the clothing display, there was a Vogue exhibit on fashion that was influenced by Frida. I was so excited to see one of my all time favorite Givenchy couture collections on display in a case. Ricardo Tisci’s Fall 2010 Couture collection was inspired by Frida Kahlo and her three obsessions: religion, sensuality and  given the painter’s lifelong battle with spinal pain, the human anatomy. The detail and materials of these looks really blew me away and it was a total bonus at the end of an amazing journey through Frida’s life.

IMG 2413 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche IMG 2414 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

The entire experience at the museum was one of the most special I have ever had. To see an icon’s personal artifacts, where she slept and the clothes she wore…well it is something that will stay with me forever. I encourage anyone that has a fondness for Kahlo to go over to Mexico City and experience this special blue house.  Of all the wonderful and amazing things that I saw and did on this trip, this was by far the most spectacular.  A dream come true in every way.

IMG 24151 768x1024 LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Leave a Reply

Copyright © 2013 Margaret Sche / The Sche Report
All Rights Reserved.

Site by More & Co.