RED FRIDA

Red Frida

At the Mudec in Milan, from February 1 to June 3, there is an exhibition on the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, beyond the myth. The exhibition is a journey that develops around the life and art of Frida Kahlo, in its various facets.

We like Frida because she was a stubborn and courageous woman. His proud, fearless and mysterious gaze, captured in the portraits of photographer Nickolas Muray, conceals a flurry of emotions.
Behind a slight smile you can see all the suffering turned into Art.

His artistic path through the shades of colors borrowed from the world of nature has a constant, the color Red…

– Pantone TPG Colors – 

The “Rosso Frida” (Red Frida) is a symbol of: life and death, strength and anger, pride and love, energy and pain, desire and seduction, passion and determination, revolution and freedom.

After her marriage to the muralist Diego Rivera in 1929, Frida Kahlo began to wear typically Mexican skirts and shirts. She particularly loved the traditional clothes worn by the Tehuantepec women: long petticoats usually of red or purple velvet, edged with white cotton flounces, and soft blouses (huipil) garnished with colorful embroidery.

source: The return of Frida Kahlo, Hayden Herrera – Frida Kahlo, beyond the myth, Diego Sileo

 

It is a Red changeable, enigmatic and ambiguous, like the personality of Frida who often wears red in her paintings, sometimes writes letters with red ink and paints preferring the shades of green:

… green is a symbol of warm and good light.

source: Diary, sheet 15 – Frida Kahlo, beyond the myth, Diego Sileo

 

Letter from Frida Kahlo to Miguel N. Lira, August 1927. Private collection. (Photo taken at the Mudec, Milan) –

 

The route of the exhibition is at times touching. When the red becomes pink, like the dress with which she is depicted in one of her paintings, a different feeling emerges, a sweetness not easy to preserve from life that sometimes appears cruel and stepmother. The pink, after all, is a desaturated red.

The Red mantilla, the bright clothes diluted and combined with the Blue, multicolored flowers and accessories, her paintings, are the expression of a force that does not belong to everyone.

There are those who call it resilience … And it’s Fridamania right away, come back!

 


The colors shown in the images are Pantone TPG Colors, identified by thecolorforme.com and are inspired by the exhibition Frida Kahlo, beyond the myth (Mudec, Milan) 


 

 

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