Mexico City, Mexico, 24 August 2016
Frida Kahlo (self-portrait).
I presume that everyone reading this knows who Frida Kahlo was, but if you don’t or would like more information, have a look at this brief online biography.
These images are from a visit to the house that Frida grew up in, lived in for many years with Diego Rivera and died in. It is now a museum.
Puppet theatre near the front door.
Painting by Diego Rivera.
Bedroom of Leon Trotsky during his exile in Mexico and of Diego Rivera towards the end of his life in the house.
Same view, but a wider angle with a fisheye lens.
Staircase to the upper floor and recess with family portraits.
An image I saw showed butterflies on the wall. Perhaps they were removed because they were not there while she was alive.
Toys of Frida’s infancy.
Extension designed by Diego Rivera.
Pyramid displaying pre-Hispanic pieces.
Dresses that she wore.
Jewellery and clothing items.
Apparatus to hold her together. She had polio at 6, suffered lielong severe back injury from a traffic accident when she was 18 and had a leg amputated due to gangrene a year before she died.
Poem by Patti Smith. Perhaps difficult for some to read so it goes:
I can not walk
I can not see
further than what
is in front of me
I lay on my back
yet I do not cry
transported in space
by the butterflies.
Above my bed
with the wings you sent
Within my sight
all pain dissolves
In another light
by the butterfly
This little song came to me
like a little gift as I stood
beside the bed of Frida.
I give it to you
with much love,
Meso-American assemblage in the courtyard.