Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s art and turbulent life will be the subject of new exhibit ‘Frida: Immersive Dream’

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Arguably the world’s most famous female painter, the artist is receiving immersive treatment in Toronto.

“Frida: Immersive Dream” will be held in March next year, focusing on the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

In an interview with producer Lighthouse Immersive co-founder Svetlana Dvoretsky, the Kahlo show is part of a trilogy that Italian digital artist Massimiliano Siccardi envisioned when he started working at the company’s “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibition two years ago. Said.

The Dutch painter Van Gogh is the first part. Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, the subject of “Immersive Klimt: Revolution”, second, and now Carlo is third.

“Each artist represents a revolution,” Dvoretsky said.

Van Gogh pioneered the technique of “impasto” in his work, which creates textures by placing paint on thick layers, when Klimt was part of Vienna’s avant-garde cultural movement.

As for Carlo, she was a revolutionary artist as well as a revolutionary artist, Doboletsky said.

“She was intrigued by the Communist Party, the (Mexican) Revolution, and the support of Lenin and Marx at the time. She was marching in a parade with people who wanted to change the regime.

“For me, she is an extraordinary woman.”

She is also as popular as the famous artists go.

Just this month, Carlo’s self-portrait “Diego yyo” or “Diego and I” was sold for $ 34.9 million (USA) at Sotheby’s sale, showing an artist whose husband Diego Rivera was foreheaded. The most expensive piece by a Latin American artist sold at auction.

Famous for his bold and surrealistic paintings and colorful personal style, including a unibrow, Salma Hayek starred as her in “Frida” in 2002 with the best make-up and best original score in Oscar. I received Hollywood treatment when I won.

Carlo and fellow artist Rivera are the subject of a 2012 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario entitled “Passion, Politics, Painting”, not only the art of the couple, but also their roller coaster relationships and their political activities. I also focused on.

Rivera was one of the most famous artists of her life, but Carlo became revered not only as a painter but also as a feminist icon. And, like Van Gogh, part of the charm is related to the problems she endured when she was alive.

In a 2012 article on the AGO show, star reviewer said Carlo’s personal genius was “a big personal pain-an 18-year-old accident that led to lifelong surgery. Confirmation of miscarriage and infertility at age 25. Repeated. Marriage with Diego, characterized by mutual sexual intercourse — to the strength of both anxiety and healing. “

The accident, the crash of a bus tram in 1925, caused Caro a serious injury that caused lifelong problems, but it was also the beginning of her art as she began making self-portraits during her recovery. She also amputated a part of her right leg later in life due to gangrene and died of pulmonary embolism in 1954 (only one week after her 47th birthday), an accidental or intentional drug. There was speculation about overdose of.

“She was completely vibrant, but her life was a very serious combination of pain and love,” said Doboletsky. “And what she did as an artist was that she was very open and honest with everything. She wasn’t politically right. She was there.”

Dvoretsky believes that some of Carlo’s current fame is generally associated with increased interest in abnormal women.

“How difficult it would have been for her to be next to the very famous Diego … and she just started painting,” said Doboletsky.

It was very courageous to say, “Yes, I am an artist.” Yes, I am talented. Yes, I’m worth it. Yes, I can. “… I think it’s very exciting. “

Some of Carlo’s most famous paintings, such as “The Two Fridas,” “The Wounded Deer,” and “Diego and I,” are included in “Immersive Dreams,” along with documentary photographs, drawings, and excerpts about her.

Similar to “Immersive Van Gogh”, the Caro show will feature animation projections by Sikcardi and sheet music by Lucalongo Baldi, but Lighthouse Immersive co-founder Cory Ross said that Caro’s work was “(Siccardi). “It is presented in a completely different format.”) It was used in the investigation of Van Gogh and Klimt. “

Lighthouse Immersive is a pioneer of this style of entertainment in Toronto and opened “Immersive Van Gogh” in July 2020 at 1 Yonge St, a printing factory in Toronto Star. The show sells over 4 million tickets. Since then, it has expanded to 19 American cities.

The company’s five-story Toronto space has four exhibits, including “Immersive Klimt: Revolution,” “Immersive Nutcracker: Winter Miracles,” and the Guillaume Cote choreographed dance show “Touch.”

“Frida: Immersive Dream” will open on March 31st at the Lighthouse Immersive Gallery in 1 Yonge St. Tickets will go on sale at on November 30th at 10am.

Debra Yeo is Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Contributor to the Star’s Entertainment section. She is based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @realityeo

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