The Largest Frida Kahlo Art Exhibit in 40 Years Is Coming to Chicago in 2020

Lead Photo: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954). Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954). Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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Here’s another reason to get excited about the new year: A massive Frida Kahlo exhibit is headed to Chicago in the summer of 2020.

Frida Kahlo 2020 is a monumental exhibition that will include the largest collection of the iconic Mexican artist’s work in 40 years.

It will include 26 original pieces by Kahlo that are on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City. The works range throughout Kahlo’s vibrant career, including pieces from her life-changing injury to her tumultuous relationship with her husband and artist, Diego Rivera. According to My Modern Met, an arts and culture news site, the selected works will touch on themes that Kahlo is famous for today, including pain, politics and love.

Alongside Kahlo’s famed art will also be reproductions of the painter’s clothing, a multimedia timeline of her life, a video presentation and a poetry garden.

Frida Kahlo 2020 will be hosted by the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center in partnership with the College of DuPage.

“This unique collection of works is deeply tied to Kahlo’s personal narrative. it covers an arc of her life and career,” Justin Witte, Cleve Carney Museum of Art Director and exhibition curator, told My Modern Met. “It’s a full arc tied into her person and covers her accident, which is when she started to create self-portraits”

The exhibition opens at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art in June 2020. Tickets will be available at the museum on December 7 and online and via phone on December 10. Timed entry tickets sell at $18 and untimed passes are on sale for $35.