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.
CASA AZUL GARDEN BEDS
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
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
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
Erika Ivanyi and Matthias Schubnell
Barbara C. Kyse in memory of her mother, Helen B. Kyse
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The Muriel F. Siebert Foundation
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