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ON VIEW MAY 8 - NOV 2, 2021

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954), [Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird], 1940. Oil on canvas mounted to board, 62.5 x 48 cm. Nickolas Muray Collection of Mexican Art, 66.6. © 2021 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Harry Ransom Center.

About the Exhibition

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is pleased to announce its newest exhibition, Frida Kahlo Oasis, bringing to San Antonio a captivating rendition of the artist’s iconic blue home, Casa Azul, and lush green sanctuary that profoundly influenced her timeless art. Uniquely curated by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, this exhibition uncovers Kahlo’s deep connection with Mexican native vegetation and the natural world. Frida Kahlo Oasis is making its world debut on May 8, 2021 and will be on view through November 2, 2021.

The exhibition’s Casa Azul garden will occupy a 2,100 square foot space nestled in the heart of the Botanical Garden, shaded by giant oak trees, and overflowing with Mexican native plants, and a mixture of tropical foliage and desert plants, including elephant ears, bougainvillea, agave, and marigolds. Visitors are invited to explore the famous landmarks of Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul such as the pyramid that displayed Diego Rivera’s pre-Colombian artifacts collection, the frog-themed fountain, and Kahlo’s desk and easel. The exhibition will also feature six monumental animals specially sighted throughout the lush garden grounds – a Dog, Monkey, Deer, Butterfly, Parrot, and Hummingbird – which often appear in Kahlo’s artworks, as a testimonial to her passion for Mexican Arte Popular.

The Botanical Garden will offer a variety of Frida Kahlo and Mexican inspired programs to engage visitors along with the exhibition. Examples include special curated tours, art history lectures, culinary and cocktail workshops, and adult and family events.

Included with Garden admission and membership. Please note that there is limited on-site parking. Guests are encouraged to carpool, use public transit, or utilize a rideshare service, particularly Friday through Sunday and on major holidays. 

About Frida Kahlo

Considered one of the most iconic 20th century artists in the world, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is best known for her uncompromising and brilliantly colored portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the natural world and the culture and history of Mexico. Originally a student of science, she began to paint from her bed while recovering from a life-changing bus accident. Kahlo’s life and paintings continue to inform and inspire popular culture worldwide.

Gisèle Freund, (German-born, French, 1912 – 2000), Frida Kahlo Feeding Ducks, 1951
©IMEC, Fonds MCC, RMN-Grand Palais / Gisèle Freund / Art Resource, NY.

Frida's Flora & Fauna

Passionate about the natural world, flora and fauna were integral to Frida Kahlo’s home, garden, and artwork. Since childhood, Kahlo collected plant specimens, both native and imported species, filling her garden and iconic blue home, the Casa Azul. Kahlo’s works are filled with colorful and compelling depictions of flowers, foliage, fruits, demonstrating both close observation of the natural world and engagement with the plants she encountered in her daily life. As an owner of many beloved pets, animals played both a significant role in her life as they did in a number of her works, helping her to effectively tell her stories through symbolism and emotion.

Frida Inspired Events & Programs

Friday September 24
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Salsa Dancing & Botanas!
Thursday September 30
Tuesday October 5
Thursday October 14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Noches de Frida
Thursday October 21
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Noches de Frida
Thursday October 28
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Noches de Frida
Saturday October 30
11:00 am - 12:00 pm DIY: Marigold Tequila
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm DIY: Marigold Tequila
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Finding Frida Kahlo Oasis

Sponsor a way-finding spot along the path to the one-of-a-kind Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibition.

  • Customized spot with your name or custom text: $250
  • Anonymous spot with Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibition graphics: $150

Frida Geométrica, 2021 Raffle

May 6 – November 2, 2021

Enter for a chance to win a beautiful 2’7″ fiberglass sculpture by Lao Gabrielli. This raffle helps further 2021 San Antonio Botanical Garden operations and programs. Frida Geométrica, 2021 is generously donated by Ciudad Mayakoba.

Made possible by

Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992
Gretchen Swanson Family Foundation

Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation

Additional support generously provided by
Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, Bank of America, Dacia and Lanham Napier, San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council, Familia Kahlo, the Monumental Animal Sculpture Sponsors and the Host Committee.

The John Alexander Family

Anonymous

Ann Ash

Erika Ivanyi and Matthias Schubnell

Barbara C. Kyse in memory of her mother, Helen B. Kyse

In Memory of Cecil C. Scanlan

The Muriel F. Siebert Foundation

Co-Chairs

Roberto Espinosa

Emma Farret

Magdalena Gaona

Andrea Pichler

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Penelope Speier and Sonny Collins

Missy Finck

Rick Liberto

Toby and Barbie O’Connor

Amy Stieren Smiley

Bette and Jack Vexler

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Geary and Catherine Atherton

John and Courtney Beauchamp

Elise and Craig Boyan

Caroline and William Carrington

Sandra and Albert Cavazos

Lulu and Roberto Espinosa, Avante Wealth

René and Emma Farret

Cina Alexander Forgason

Tara and Jason Hoelscher

Hannah and Jeff McManus

George and Claire Vaughan

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Amber and Jorge Canseco

Beatriz and Raúl Cardenas

Sabina and Tom Carr

Priscilla and Eric Dupré

Sandra Laurel Ford

Marco and Anne Gamboa, Broker Associate, Phyllis Browning Company

Little Em’s Oyster Bar

Magdalena and Raúl E. Gaona, Jr., MD

Karen and Jim Greenwood

Carlos and Shannon Moreno

Barbara and Jeffrey Moss

Sydney and Gregg Muenster

Jana Orsinger and Bill Orr

Andrea and Karl Pichler
Corinna and J.B. Richter

Dr. Patricia and Juan Ruíz-Healy

Dr. Siraj Sayeed and Mrs. Huma Sayeed

Dr. and Mrs. Ruben Tenorio
Julie and Warren Wilkinson

Rachel and Jeff Woodson

Julie and Peter Zacher

Karen Lee and David Zachry

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