Mexico City Part One: The Many Colors of Frida and Diego
When I was in graduate school, I fell in love with the art of Diego Rivera. I was especially obsessed with the soft yellow calla lilies and sweet girls in his flower vendor paintings. When I learned we’d be visiting Mexico City, all I wanted to do was see his murals and check out his wife, Frida Kahlo’s, house.
After visiting the National Palace and the Museo Frida Kahlo, the word I would use to describe Frida and Diego’s art and relationship would be colorful.
When I fell in love with the flower seller, I didn’t know that Rivera was a communist. I didn’t realize how strong his beliefs were until I saw many of his murals at the Mexican National Palace.
|In an effort to teach illiterate citizens the history of Mexico, Rivera was commissioned to paint murals at the National Palace.|
|While the murals were breathtaking, they contained many pro Communist, anti-Catholic messages.|
|Unfortunately the only calla lilies I saw were on this mural of an old market.|
Frida spent much of her life in white casts and a wheelchair. I was amazed at her ability to focus on her abilities rather than her handicaps. Rather than wallow in pity, she used her anger to create beautiful works of art.
|During her painful recoveries, Frida would turn her drab casts into works of art.|
|I was amazed at her ability to create in spite of her handicaps.|
|Much of her art did reflect her anger, pain, and frustration.|
|Frida spent many hours in pain in her daytime bedroom.|
|Her bright studio faced her courtyard.|
|I think this may be one of my new mantras.|
Many of the rooms in Frida’s house have beautiful yellow accents that brightened the interior.
|The yellow accents brightened the museum.|
|Frida and Diego's kitchen|
|The customized kitchen tile wall was one of my favorite parts of the house.|
Frida frequently painted pictures of her lush garden and her pet monkeys. I am sad to say there are no monkeys at the museum, but the greenery is beautifully maintained.
|The lush greenery in the courtyard provided much needed shade.|
|Fortunately I was able to snap a picture of Chris in spite of the crowds.|
One of the most striking things about the Museo Frida Kahlo is the building itself. It is difficult to miss Diego and Frida’s indigo home at the corner of Londres and Ignacio Allende.
|Frida and Diego lived in this house from 1929-1954.|
|The museum was PACKED!|
|Buy your tickets online before you make your trip. Many visitors were disappointed when they learned museum tickets were sold out for the day.|
In my opinion, the National Palace and the Museo Frida Kahlo are two must see attractions in Mexico City. However, I highly recommend seeing these attractions during the week to avoid monster crowds. While I did enjoy both of the attractions, I would have enjoyed the Museo Frida Kahlo MUCH more with fewer people crowding me. (We had tickets for 3:00 on a Saturday afternoon.)
The Museo Frida Kahlo also sells out on a regular basis, so I recommend purchasing tickets online at http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx. Happy Travels!