Jan 31

You Should Go: Frida Kahlo Photography Exhibition at the Glenbow

by Kait Kucy · 0 comments

photo credit: Image: Frida Kahlo, by Guillermo Kahlo, 1932 ©Frida Kahlo Museum
If checking out more galleries and art exhibitions is part of your new year’s resolutions, you’ll want to kick off February by visiting the Glenbow Museum for their special exhibition entitled Frida Kahlo: Her Photos. The much-anticipated exhibition runs from February 3 until May 21 and is part of Exposure Alberta’s Photography Festival. The exhibit includes photos by Kahlo herself among her many friends and contemporaries such as Man Ray and Edward Weston, among others.

This exhibition is the first Canadian showing of this photography collection curated by the Frida Kahlo Museum. The exhibition presents a selection of 240 images, out of a collection of 6,500 photographs from her estate. While everyone knows Kahlo’s extensive self-portraiture, it isn’t as widely known that photography was a big part of her life. So much so that she kept meticulous collections of photographs of herself, her friends and loved ones as well as the environment around her. This collection of 6,500 photographs was never seen before 2007 – for 50 years it was unseen by the public. This unique look into Kahlo’s world is absolutely incredible and very exciting for anyone who loves her work but also loves photography.

The launch party is on Friday, February 2nd from 7:30-10pm and is pay-what-you-can. Also on display will be the latest edition of the One New Work series featuring John Will, textiles in Eye of the Needle and Sandra Sawatzky’s epic The Black Gold Tapestry. Since the Glenbow loves to make it a full-on party there is live music and a DJ, fun activities in the Discovery Room plus a cash bar.

The Exposure Alberta Photography Festival is a really great way to see a lot of art all in one month. For 28 days you can gallery-hop to your heart’s content and discover some new photographers, galleries and ideas. The full exhibition calendar is here on the Exposure website.


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