This Frida Kahlo Digital Collection Is Massive & Free

Lead Photo: Photo by Toni Frissell for Vogue. Courtesy of the US Library of Congress
Photo by Toni Frissell for Vogue. Courtesy of the US Library of Congress
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More than six decades after her death, there is still immense interest in Frida Kahlo. And a new retrospective will allow fans to learn more about the Mexican artist right from their homes. Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with 33 museums from seven countries across the world to bring us Faces of Frida, the largest collection of photographs, documents, and artworks associated with Kahlo. The collection promises to give us a multi-faceted look at the queer, feminist, and disabled icon.

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“It’s a true global effort,” said Jesús García, Google’s Head of Hispanic Communications, according to Forbes. “Frida’s name kept coming up as a top contender when we started to think of what artists would be the best to feature in a retrospective. There’s so much of her that was not known and could still be explored from an artistic perspective and life experience.”

Excitingly, the collection gives us a look into items and artworks that have rarely been displayed, including a sketch Kahlo made of New York in 1932 for Mexican actress Dolores del Río. She sketched what she saw from the Barbizon Plaza Hotel. If you’ve also wanted to visit La Casa Azul, where she lived and worked, but haven’t had a chance, Google also has you covered.

“This expertly curated online exhibition presents an intimate view of Frida Kahlo’s life and loves through her vibrant letters, candid photographs, and unpublished essays,” added Kate Haw, director of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. “Through the story threads of these original records — a total of 54 rare documents drawn from our collections — we gain a deeper understanding of Frida’s relationships with historian Florence Arquin, artist Emmy Lou Packard, photographer Nickolas Muray, art collector Chester Dale, and writer John Weatherwax.”

Enjoy it in its full glory here.