Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Frida in Philly

This Saturday past, while in Philadelphia, we visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Despite having lived in Pennsylvania 26 of my 31 years (albeit on the western edge of the state) and having visited the City of Brotherly Love on multiple prior occasions, this was my first ever visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The huge building may be most famous for its front steps which Sylvester Stallone triumphantly scaled as Rocky Balboa in "Rocky."

We went to the museum to see its special exhibit on the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954).

The exhibit brilliantly brought together many of Kahlo's self-absorbed but original and stirring paintings. I was particularly interested in how Kahlo showed that the circumstances of her own life were part of creation -- part of the earth.

Here is some of what we saw:

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