Visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City has been on my wish list for many years. When I made my first solo trip to Mexico City in November it was one of the first museums I visited. I took the metro from La Condesa to the Coyoacan stop. I brought a printed Google map of the area so I could find my way and even though I am directionally challenged, even when I have map in hand, I did not get lost on this little trek.
The sun was shining bright and there was a small lineup to enter the museum so I opted to visit a street vendor selling fresh coconut water first. I was introduced to fresh coconut water in Rio de Janeiro walking along the Copacabana beach and was hooked immediately. If you ever need an energy boost, coconut water is a great natural remedy.
Entry to the Frida Kahlo Museum costs 100 pesos (2016 rate is 120 weekdays/140 Sat/Sun) with an extra 60 peso fee for permission to take photographs (without flash) and converted to USD that is $10.87 – a bargain. Walking into the courtyard I was greeted with the brilliant blue of the walls. The house is known as La Casa Azul – The Blue House.
UPDATE: May 11, 2016 – A reader of Solo Trips And Tips blog emailed me to let me know the rate for seniors is currently 15 pesos for admission, and 20 pesos for photography. Total 35 pesos for seniors equals around $2 USD – super bargain!
Entering the first room there were early works by Frida Kahlo including a portrait of her father Guillermo Kahlo who was a photographer.
The watermelon painting is one I remember from the 2002 movie Frida, starring Salma Hayek. On Frida Kahlo’s last painting she added the words Viva la vida Frida Kahlo Coyoacan 1954 Mexico. Viva la vida translates to Live the Life. Did she realize the end of her life was near?
Frida Kahlo was an artist as well as art collector. In the second room there was an excellent display of the ex-votos Frida had collected over the years. Ex-votos are Mexican folk art paintings which depict everyday life in Mexico. Ex-voto is a Latin expression meaning from a vow.
The paintings are offerings made to the Virgin Mary, Jesus, or various saints in order to thank them for assistance in times of need. Ex-votos were traditionally painted on tin by anonymous folk artists, and include a short narrative of the event at the bottom of the painting. Frida Kahlo’s collection of ex-voto paintings dates from 1842 – 1934.
There are several painting by Frida Kahlo’s spouse Diego Rivera who is famous for his murals. I enjoyed viewing his cubist style paintings created between 1914 and 1916.
I loved the bright blue and yellow kitchen with beautiful ceramic vessels on display throughout.
Upstairs the studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo can be viewed – Frida’s art materials remain exactly as she left them.
Walking down the stairs to the courtyard there is a covered patio with a collection of work by the artist Mardonio Magaña, a self-taught sculptor from Guanajuato.
In the large courtyard there are several sculptures from the collection of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I sat outside and enjoyed a coffee and a slice of chocolate cake from the café. In November when I visited the museum there was a temporary exhibit of Frida’s clothing on display. I will post more about the exhibit soon.
I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City.
- Museo Frida Kahlo
- Londres 247, Del Carmen Coyoacan
- 04100, Mexico D.F.
- Phone: 5554 5999 / 5658 5778
- Tuesday 11:00 – 5:45
- Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 – 5:45
- Closed Mondays