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Frida Kahlo at Tate Modern

Abigail Banks

For the first time in over twenty years Tate Modern is offering you a glimpse into the gripping world of Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo

Yes, this is the same Frida brought to life in the movie starring Salma Hayek. However, instead of connecting with the artist by watching a depiction of her life on screen you are invited see up close and personal the works that she poured her soul and emotions into. In this exhibit you can walk from room to room and see, chronologically, her growth from young woman to aging elder.

Frida had a somewhat tragic life. Surviving polio as a child, a bus accident, which left her physically handicapped, and an emotionally horrible miscarriage as a young woman, she somehow pressed on to become one of the most revered Mexican artists in the twentieth century. Much of her subject matter consists of religious, political, and even medical issues. Though her art can be considered quite graphic and personal it contains a sense of honesty and symbolic representation that is greatly respected and understood not only throughout the Mexican culture but all cultures as well.

See for yourself and explore this collection while you have the chance. Read the quotes on the walls and factual information beside each piece to learn more about Frida and her work. Or, perhaps, use the automated tour guide that is full of biographical and artistic information. Either way, this assemblage of art is one to be contemplated and enjoyed. It surely lives up the the standard of Tate Modern, for it is an extraordinarily moving and fascinating exhibition.

Also, don't leave before you take a sweeping glance through the bookshop. There you can stock up on products and gifts related to Frida and her art. Purchase souvenirs such as the Frida Doll or even jewellery that Frida herself would have worn.

• Until 9 October 2005 at Tate Modern, Level 4 (10; conc 8)
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