Frida Kahlo’s Garden
Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) is considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Her body of work, consisting of some 250 paintings and drawings, is at once intensely personal and universal in scope, and relies heavily on the natural world. The exhibition Frida Kahlo’s Garden transports visitors to Kahlo’s garden to experience her world as she did.
The garden at Casa Azul (or Blue House), Kahlo’s lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, was a creative refuge and a source of inspiration for the artist and her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957). The garden, which was filled with native plants, housed Kahlo and Rivera’s collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts and folk art displayed on a four-tiered pyramid inspired by the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan. This exhibition offers insights into the ways in which the garden at Casa Azul, the diversity of plant life in Mexico, and the rich cultural history of the country nourished the creativity of the world’s great artists.
Often overshadowed by her husband’s career and the traumatic events in her life, this exhibition approaches Kahlo from a different angle, to broaden the discussion of the artist by focusing on the influence of her surrounding environment, both natural and nationalistic. This approach examines her garden, her home, and the revolutionary influences that impacted her life.
Kahlo’s works are filled with colorful and compelling depictions of flowers, foliage, and fruits, many native to Mexico. Her choice of botanical imagery reflects the embrace of archetypal Mexican indigenous and natural elements that defined art in the decades following the Mexican Revolution (1910–20). Through her profoundly personal paintings, which convey cultural, spiritual, and intimate messages, her reverence for nature, and her nationalistic fashion sense, Kahlo has become an icon within the artistic world.
Visitors to this exhibition will explore iconic photographs of the artist and her home and garden, in addition to reproductions of several of her paintings. Also included are information about native Mexican plants that were grown in her garden, a dress from the Mexican state of Oaxaca where Kahlo sourced many of her dresses, and examples of folk art collected by Kahlo and Rivera. Additionally, visitors will learn about Mexican culture, including traditional festivities, food and drink, and agricultural practices.
This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Frida Kahlo’s Garden is adapted from the exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: ART, GARDEN, LIFE, organized by guest curator Adriana Zavala at The New York Botanical Garden. It was made possible with major funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Karen Katen Foundation, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, MetLife Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Gillian and Robert Steel. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Frida Kahlo’s Garden will tour from November 2018 through October 2023. Dates are subject to change; please call for current availability.
This exhibition will be awarded first to new venues, particularly those in communities that have not hosted an NEH on the Road exhibition.
Contact: MoreArt@maaa.org or (800) 473-3872, ext. 208
November 10, 2018–January 7, 2019
Arts Center of the Ozarks
Springdale, AR pending
January 28–March 16, 2019
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Channahon, IL pending
April 6–May 25, 2019
Kingsville, MO pending
June 16–August 11, 2019
Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County
Yuba City, CA booked
September 1–October 20, 2019
Price Tower Arts Center
Bartlesville, OK pending
November 10, 2019–January 7, 2020
The Bryan Museum
Galveston, TX pending
January 28–March 16, 2020
Kenosha Museum System
Kenosha, WI booked
April 6–May 25, 2020
West Baton Rouge Museum
Port Allen, LA booked
June 16–August 11, 2020
South Haven Center for the Arts
South Haven, MI pending
September 1–October 20, 2020
Crisp Museum, Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO pending
November 10, 2020–January 7, 2021
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX pending
January 28–March 16, 2021
Jackson School of the Arts
Jackson, MI pending
April 6–May 25, 2021
Kansas City, MO booked
June 16–August 11, 2021
City of Evanston, Parks Recreation & Community Service
Evanston, IL pending
September 1–October 20, 2021
November 10, 2021–January 7, 2022
Stockton, CA pending
January 28–March 16, 2022
Chelsea District Library
Chelsea, MI booked
April 6–May 25, 2022
Saint Bonaventure University
Saint Bonaventure, NY pending
June 16–August 11, 2022
Park City Museum
Park City, UT pending
September 1–October 20, 2022
Chippewa Valley Museum
Eau Claire, WI pending
November 10, 2022–January 7, 2023
January 28–March 16, 2023
April 6–May 25, 2023
William D Cannon Art Gallery, City of Carlsbad
Carlsbad, CA pending
June 16–August 11, 2023
Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission
Hot Springs, AR pending
September 1–October 20, 2023
Exhibition Details & Specifications
Adriana Zavala, guest curator for the New York Botanical Garden
Organized ByThe New York Botanical Garden, in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO
The exhibition features several freestanding units focused on the thematic areas incorporating a selection of objects, artifacts, photographs, and paper ephemera; audio/video features; interactive stations; and wall mounted graphics.
On-site support is free to the opening venue for every new NEH on the Road exhibition and to first-time hosting venues on a limited basis
Approximately 2,000 square feet
Number of Crates/Total Weight
The exhibition is fully insured by NEH on the Road at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.