As part of a new online project to help provide a source of a cultural stimulant for millions of people currently in self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new virtual exhibition showing over 200 Frida Kahlo works has been launched.
Kahlo, the now-iconic Mexican painter who is arguably best known for her many portraits and self-portraits, now has arguably the most recognisable face in the world of art. Despite passing away in 1957, much of Kahlo’s work remained relatively unknown until the late 1970s when it was discovered by art historians and political activists.
Now, as her work continues to sell out galleries the world over, the Google Arts & Culture project has stepped in when all museums around the globe have been forced to close their doors amid the current social distancing regulations enforced by most governments. The online platform, which allows the public to access high-resolution images, was launched in 2011 and continues to grow exponentially.
The exhibition on the Google platform collects a series of works from numerous different galleries around the world including the likes of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and more. “Reinforcing our institution’s long-standing close ties to Mexico, we are infinitely honoured and thrilled to present Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at the de Young museum,” Thomas P. Campbell, the Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco previously stated.
“The landmark exhibition paints a multifaceted portrait of one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century; whose vivid work provides an important window into Mexican culture, and whose extraordinary persona continues to be a source of inspiration to so many,” he added.
Reflecting on Kahlo’s work, author and British art historian Frances Borzello said: “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.”