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Nov
28 2012

Frida on the couch: The psychology behind the art

Syndicated from: AGO Art Matters

Frida Kahlo, Sin esperanza (Without Hope), 1945, oil on canvas, collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, México, (C) Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York In addition to a lot of great art, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting offers numerous opportunities for our visitors to learn more about the artists through photos, videos, sound recordings and interactive panels. One of the audio elements of the exhibition is a collection of six audio clips featuring Dr. Salomon Grimberg, physician and child psychologist at University of Dallas, Texas and author of numerous books on Kahlo. Visitors can hear Dr. Grimberg’s thoughts on Kahlo’s struggles with her sense of self, why her tumultuous relationship with Rivera lasted and why pain was a central theme in her work, among other topics. Below, you can too. In Frida’s self-portraits, the viewer encounters numerous distinct personas, as if there were many Fridas. What was she exploring in these works? Duration: 35 seconds People seem to connect with Frida’s work on a very personal level. Why the Kahlo cult? Duration: 50 seconds It becomes clear in the exhibition, seeing both artists’ work, that they had a very complex relationship. If there were as many bad times as good, particularly for Frida, why did they stay together? Duration: 1 minute 20 seconds In their works and their writings, it’s clear Diego and Frida shared an emotional intensity. How did passion shape their relationship? Duration: 40 seconds Frida Kahlo, Unos cuantos piquetitos (A Few Small Nips), 1935, oil on metal, collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, México, (C) Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Pain – both emotional and physical and almost always her own – is one of the central themes of Frida’s work. Why did she focus on pain in her art, and how does this impact viewers? Duration: 2 minutes What are some factors that contributed to Frida’s mental and emotional struggle in the final years of her life? Duration: 1 minute

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