Ishiuchi Miyako: Frida

14 May - 10 Jul 2015
  • Locked Away for Years, Frida Kahlo’s Personal Belongings Revealed and Photographed

    Locked Away for Years, Frida Kahlo’s Personal Belongings Revealed and Photographed

    Marina Zheng, The Observer July 7, 2015

    You may recognize Frida Kahlo from her self-portraits paintings, or from the many black and white photographs taken of her—often dressed in elaborate and traditional Mexican clothing. But few know that over 300 of her belongings were hidden in the bathroom of her Mexico City home for nearly 50 years.

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  • Angela Scanlon: Dare to bare? For today's A-List it's a case of dare to wear

    Angela Scanlon: Dare to bare? For today's A-List it's a case of dare to wear

    Angela Scanlon, Independent Ireland Online May 17, 2015

    Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter best known for her self portraits, was an icon. Praised for her 'uncompromising depiction' of women, her work still resonates. Now, after years of her clothes being under lock and key, we are given a glimpse into her wardrobe and her mind.

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  • Photos of Frida Kahlo's locked-away belongings go on display in London

    Photos of Frida Kahlo's locked-away belongings go on display in London

    Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Reuters May 15, 2015

    For 50 years, the colourful wardrobe and personal belongings of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo were hidden away in a bathroom.

     

    Her husband, muralist Diego Riviera, stored them after her death from pneumonia in 1954 at their Mexico City home, "The Blue House", stipulating that the room stay sealed until 15 years after his death.

     

    It was. Rivera died in 1957 but the room remained unopened until 2004 when the Frida Kahlo Museum, housed in the couple's old home, began to catalogue its contents and invited Ishiuchi Miyako to take photographs of the more than 300 items.

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  • What to See

    What to See

    Vanity Fair May 14, 2015

    When artist Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera stored all her personal belongings in the bathroom of The Blue House, her home in Mexico City. After her death, the house became Museo Frida Kahlo, but despite the influx of visitors, Rivera requested that the bathroom remain shut for 15 years after he died.

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  • Unlocking the Secrets of the Sealed Room in Frida Kahlo’s Blue House

    Unlocking the Secrets of the Sealed Room in Frida Kahlo’s Blue House

    i-D Online May 14, 2015

    Photographer Ishiuchi Miyako discusses her new show at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, which explores the personal belongings of artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo.

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  • See Frida Kahlo’s Colorful Collection of Clothes

    See Frida Kahlo’s Colorful Collection of Clothes

    Ye Ming, Time, Lightbox May 14, 2015

    A new exhibition reveals the celebrated artist and feminist icon's colorful wardrobe 60 years after her death.

     

    When Mexican artist Frida Kahlo passed away in 1954, her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera, anguished by her death, sealed her clothes in the bathroom of their Mexico City home and ordered to keep them hidden away until 15 years after his death.

     

    Rivera died only a few years after Kahlo, in 1957, and their house was converted to a museum in her honor. The room with Kahlo’s belongings, however, wasn’t unlocked until 2004 when the museum decided to catalog its content. It invited renowned Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako to photograph the collection of more than 300 unseen relics.

     

    Having photographed clothes worn in post-war Japan, Ishiuchi is best known for retrieving memories through subtle traces found in personal objects...

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  • The Quintessential Style Of Frida Kahlo, An Icon Of Art And Fashion

    The Quintessential Style Of Frida Kahlo, An Icon Of Art And Fashion

    Katherine Brooks, Huffington Post May 12, 2015

    Frida Kahlo has long been celebrated for being extraordinary, photographer Ishiuchi Miyako asserts. From her canvases to her love affairs to her penchant for exotic pets and wild brows -- Kahlo's life was filled with distinction. "But coming into contact with her ordinary side," Ishiuchi explains, "greatly sparked my imagination and inspired me."

     

    By "ordinary," Ishiuchi is referring to the personal, mundane aspects of this incredibly well-known painter's life. Those who count themselves amongst the cult of Frida are already privy to momentous details of her existence; her dark childhood marred by polio, the violent automobile accident that colored her early adulthood, a tumultuous marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera, the miscarriages that haunted her art...

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  • Ishiuchi Miyako captures the defiant beauty of Kahlo's closet

    Ishiuchi Miyako captures the defiant beauty of Kahlo's closet

    Nick Compton, Wallpaper* magazine May 11, 2015

    Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako has catalogued the 300 pieces of Frida Kahlo relics found in a sealed bathroom of her famous 'Blue House', which she shared with Diego Riviera before her death. The photographs are now on show at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery.


    When the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo died in 1954, aged just 47, her husband Diego Riviera began storing her clothes, accessories and other personal effects in a bathroom in their Mexico City home. Riviera gave instructions that the room remain sealed until 15 years after his death.

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  • What One Photographer Found Inside Frida Kahlo's Closet

    What One Photographer Found Inside Frida Kahlo's Closet

    Connie Wang, Refinery29 May 7, 2015

    Frida Kahlo is to fashion people as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or The Ramones are to music people. Most likely, your walls (or Tumblr feeds) have been graced by her artwork, and you’ve cited her as an icon or inspiration at some point in your life. Despite her being such an integral part of the aesthetic canon, the physical relics and symbols of Kahlo's artistry — her clothes, accessories, crowns, and makeup — haven’t been seen since her death. Until now, that is. 

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  • Frida Kahlo’s Things: A Revealing New Exhibition at the Michael Hoppen Gallery

    Frida Kahlo’s Things: A Revealing New Exhibition at the Michael Hoppen Gallery

    Kate Lismore, Konbini Online May 5, 2015

    Arguably one of the most recognizable female artists of the 20th Century, Frida Kahlo has been the subject of movies, documentaries and exhibitions, trying to pin down the most minute facets of her life and creative process. However, when she passed away in 1954, her husband and fellow artist Diego Rivera demanded that her possessions were locked up in a room in her “Blue House” in Mexico City until fifteen years after her death. This treasure trove of Frida ephemera was reopened in 2004 and photographer Ishiuchi Miyako captured its contents.

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  • The Secret Possessions of Frida Kahlo

    The Secret Possessions of Frida Kahlo

    Laura Bradley, AnOther May 5, 2015

    “If I met her, I wouldn’t ask any questions. I would only want to stare at her and touch her body.” Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyakois talking about Frida Kahlo, the subject of her latest body of work.

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  • What Frida wore: the artist's wardrobe locked up for 50 years – in pictures

    What Frida wore: the artist's wardrobe locked up for 50 years – in pictures

    The Guardian, Online May 5, 2015

    After Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home, the Blue House – then demanded it be locked until 15 years after his death. In fact, the room wasn’t opened until 2004, when Ishiuchi Miyako photographed its intimate contents. Here are the artists’ beloved belongings, from sunglasses to hand painted corsets.

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  • Frida Kahlo's most intimate possessions

    Frida Kahlo's most intimate possessions

    The Daily Telegraph May 5, 2015

    Frida Kahlo’s bathroom kept its secrets for 50 years. When the Mexican artist died, in 1954, her husband, Diego Rivera, shut away around 300 of her belongings in a tiny bathroom in the house they had shared in Mexico City. He requested the doors remain locked until 15 years after his own death but although he survived only three more, the bathroom was undisturbed until 2004, when curators at the house-turned-museum broke the lock.

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  • Ishiuchi Miyako's brilliant and eerie photos of Frida Kahlo's stuff

    Ishiuchi Miyako's brilliant and eerie photos of Frida Kahlo's stuff

    Emily Gosling, It's Nice That April 1, 2015

    It’s always a thrill to rifle through other people’s bits and bobs, even more so if that other person is Frida Kahlo. Thanks to a series of images by Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako we can do just that, taking a startlingly intimate-feeling journey through the particulars of the artist. The photographs, which are going on show in May at London’s Michael Hoppen gallery, were captured in 2013 and what makes them feel so eerie is perhaps the photographer’s diligent, cataloging approach to her subject matter. It’s telling that Ishiuchi knew little about the work of Frida, perhaps giving a stance which could be more critical and more focussed on the objects themselves rather than the meanings it’s so easy to imbue them with.

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