It can be difficult to fill the time between rest and work right now, not because our options are limited, but because they’re seemingly endless. Prestigious universities like Yale have offered free online courses, physical training apps like Nike Training Club vowed to give away premium subscriptions to all who want one and museums and institutions like San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Museo Frida Kahlo are doing what they can to satiate our need for art from the comfort and safety of home during trying times.
“Faces of Frida,” an extensive digital exhibition offered on the Google Arts and Culture platform, is perhaps the most exciting and extensive single collection available for viewing from the Mexican, mono-browed icon’s archive. It includes over 200 works from over 33 locales.
“As with all the best artists, Kahlo’s art is not a diary ingenuously presented in paint but a recreation of personal beliefs, feelings and events through her particular lens into something unique and universal,” said Frances Borzello, author and British art historian.
With written editorial features and interviews with experts in the field who are most familiar with the artist’s work, the exhibition feeds both the mind and globular organs.
Self-portraits like “The Two Fridas” and still lifes like “Pitahayas” will feel familiar, while other projects like “Frida and I,” a mini-documentary that explores the vast international legacy of Frida will allow for a perhaps newfound perspective into her impact as women like Cristina Kahlo, Frida’s great-niece, and Ely Guerra, a musician who taps into the “power” of Frida through her voice, discuss her impact.
“Mujer que tenga personalidad propia es un modelo a seguir,” Cristina Kahlo said. It’s not about dressing or replicating her style or nature, she explains, but about finding the inspiration to discover and evoke your own art and personality as well.
Peruse through the many faces and dive into the wells of inspiration provided by the late Frida Kahlo through Google Arts & Culture’s “Faces of Frida.”