The Frida Kahlo Exhibition will last till June 30th 2013.
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The Permanent Exhibition: Frida Kahlo "Viva la Vida"
Hand-painted by master artists licensed Replicas © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008. What is a Replica....
The most complete Frida Kahlo oil paintings exhibition
Over 600 sqm (6000 sq feet) exhibition surface and over 116 of her paintings.
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Open Tuesday to Sunday - from 11:00 to 18:00
Closed on Monday, open if Monday is a holiday.
10 Euro: Students, Seniors
Groups as of 6 people, 10 Euro per person
Audio Guide: 5 Euro (gratis on Fridays)
Industrie Str. 9a, 76532 Baden-Baden, Germany
The Kunstmuseum is accessible with wheelchair.
Parking available in the nearby streets
- from Baden-Baden downtown by car
- from the bus stop
- from the highwas A5
- from the train station
Very comprehensive description of all the paintings can be borrowed free of charge in the exhibition: here in you tube...
An example of the over 120 descriptions in our Audio Guide.
Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns, 1940 here in you tube...
Frida Kahlo: her Blue House in Baden-Baden, her paintings, the clothes and jewels as she painted them: here in youtube …
As a souvenir of the Frida Kahlo exhibition our visitors will find exclusive presents or accessories in the Museum Store: here in you tube...
“Herr Kahlo”: from Baden-Baden to Mexico to Baden-Baden
“Herr Kahlo” was the nickname the four Kahlo daughters gave their father, this showed both the respect and the affection they had for him. Frida was his favourite, and Wilhelm Kahlo had a great influence on her thinking and development. In 1950 Frida Kahlo herself described her relationship to her father: “I loved my father because he was good to me, he helped me. He was gifted intellectually, he explained to me my school lessons, would give me German lessons, he gave me my first set of paints at sixteen”. (from Song of herself, Salomon Grimberg)....
During 2010 the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund researched what influence Wilhelm Kahlo had on Frida Kahlo based on the books he used to read.
Starting on January 12 2011, the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund will present the “Wilhelm Kahlo Studio”, this is a special room dedicated to Wilhelm Kahlo. There the museum visitors will find the “Portrait of My Father”, 1951, oil on masonite, a collection of antique books which represent what Wilhelm Kahlo used to read, and original French antique furniture of around 1890.
Among the books the visitors will find an original Brockhaus Encyclopedia of Conversation in 15 volumes from 1892, an original Schiller’s Prosa from 1890, and books of German philosophers, Italian Renaissance painters, Chess manuals from around 1900 to 1919. The “Wilhelm Kahlo Studio” exhibits are in addition to the permanent exhibition of Frida Kahlo paintings: “Viva La Vida” which shows 116 oil paintings of the Mexican artist. The paintings are hand painted licensed replicas from © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
The wounded Table
To celebrate the first year of the Museum and the Frida Kahlo collection, we exhibited prabably the most important painting of Frida Kahlo.
The beautiful Frida
Tehuana huipiles, jewelry as Frida Kahlo painted them
Additional Tehuana blouses (huipiles), skirts and jewelry are exhibited in the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund. Frida Kahlo, whose self-portraits represent over 40% of her work, painted herself with the dresses she used to wear. These were the blouses and skirts the women of the isthmus of Tehuantepec use to wear, these women are known to have strong and independent characters.
The Frida Kahlo exhibition now shows Tehuana blouses as Frida Kahlo painted them, earrings, stone and filigree necklaces, rings as she used to wear. The flower patterns on the Tehuana blouses are hand embroidered, the geometrical motives are hand woven.
One of the center pieces of the exhibition is the dress painted by Frida Kahlo in “Self-portrait dedicated to Leon Trotsky” (1937, oil on canvas, 87 x 70 cm).
Frida Kahlo has represented herself in a particularly seductive way in warm and soft colours: a salmon coloured full skirt, red blouse, and a rebozo (Mexican shawl) in light brown like the colour of the Russian army. The skirt and blouse now are exhibited and hang next to the painting.
The Tehuana huipiles, skirts, jewels are shown in addition to the permanent exhibition. With over 116 oil paintings (licensed replicas from: © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008) in the exhibition, the Kustmuseum Gehrke-Remund shows the most complete collection of Frida Kahlo works worldwide.
Frida Kahlo as a young woman
now in Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund
A private collector has given on loan to the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden a painting “Portrait of Frida”. The painting reproduces a black and white with sepia tones photo of Frida Kahlo taken by her father, Guillermo Kahlo, on February 7th 1926 (7-II-1926).
The photo was taken five months after the almost fatal bus accident Frida Kahlo suffered on September 17th 1925. The painting “Portrait of Frida” based on such photo shows a 18 year old Frida wearing a Chinese silk dress, sitting in her parents’ sitting room, on her lap lie two books. It seems almost a miracle that Frida recovered so quickly from the accident which almost killed her and left her physically and emotionally marked for life.
Beyond the artistic value this painting, now in exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund, has a biographic meaning as it captures a young, serious Frida in the year when she started to paint intensely to express her pain and feelings.
Frida Kahlo - her life
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had a special relationship with Germany; her father was born in Germany and grew up in Baden-Baden. When she was 18 year old, she suffered a life threatening bus accident whose consequences marked her physically and emotionally for the rest of her life. Years later, Frida said: "I suffered two grave accidents in my life…One in which a streetcar knocked me down and the other was Diego."
At age of 22 Frida Kahlo married Diego Rivera, the most famous Mexican painter of her time, who was 21 years her senior.
Ten years later she separated from him, and at this point her most productive time as an artist began. One year after the divorce, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera married a second time.
She was the lover of Leon Trotzki, Josephine Baker, Georgia O’Keefe; she was and still is an art and fashion icon; her style has remained unique over the decades.
She died in 1954 at age 47.
Frida Kahlo - already a legend during her lifetime - today is probably the most famous female painter of all times. Her life was extravagant and marked by suffering, passion and love for life. Although her life was short and troubled, she has left us a unique collection of paintings. Today her works are as relevant and contemporary as never before; she described the challenges, the passion, the love and contradictions of our times.
André Breton described her works as a “ribbon around a bomb”, she had the courage to describe herself and her life in the most colourful, realistic and – at the same time – poetic way.
Pablo Picasso wrote: “neither Rivera, Derain, or I are able to paint a face like Frida Kahlo”. She was the master of self-portraits; in the exhibition, all the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo are shown.
The Paintings and Exhibits
As most of Frida Kahlo’s works are spread around the world, and are in the hands of private collectors, the paintings in the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund are licensed replicas from © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
These unique replicas have been painted exclusively for the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund by master artists, and can be found exclusively in the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden. They are painted in the original size, with the original materials (oil on canvas, oil on wood/metal or glas), and in exactly the same style as Frida Kahlo painted them.
The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund shows 116 oil paintings, this is the most complete Frida Kahlo exhibition of all times.
Our visitors experience Frida Kahlo paintings and her life’s context.
In addition to her work, we show Tehuana dresses, jewelry and photos. Moreover, we have recreated the garden of the Casa Azul (The blue house: the family house of Frida Kahlo) with its Aztec pyramid and pre-Columbian sculptures, and entire rooms of her Blue House.
The Vision of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is to offer our visitors a cultural experience that covers all the senses, and an environment that touches not only the eyes of our visitors, but their minds, and above all their hearts.
Every decision we made in the creation of the museum was driven by two elements:
- respect for the visitors, and
- respect for the artists.
The Kunstmuseum is a private museum entirely funded by its founders: art, Frida Kahlo and Mexico admirers.
All the 800 exhibits shown in the museum are part of the private collection of the museum founders.
In the creation of the museum we have planned every step, every detail from the visitors point of view, and we are committed to continuous improvements to make the experience unique.
As far as the art works are concerned, we have invested considerable time and resources in replicating the paintings, and displaying them in a context as loyal as possible to the reality of the artist.
The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund strives to offer the visitors a complete view of the entire work of Frida Kahlo, in this way it is possible to follow the development of the Mexican artist, to discover the different phases of her life as an artist and as a woman.
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