The Frida Kahlo Museum is housed within the home of Frida Kahlo, renowned Mexican artist. Casa Azul, the Blue House, is where Kahlo was born, lived her life, and died. Most visitors to Mexico City make the trip to see this museum in order to develop a better understanding of the famous painter. The art created by the painter expresses the anguish she felt from her life, along with her interest in socialist icons, shown by the portraits of Mao and Lenin that hang near her bed, and the Retrato de la familia painting, in which her Oaxacan-Hungarian roots are entangled. It’s advised for visitors to arrive at the museum early in order to avoid most of the crowds, particularly on the weekends.

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The Blue House that now houses the Frida Kahlo Museum was built by Guillermo, Frida’s father, three years before she was born. The house is filled with personal belonging and mementos that evoke the painter’s long and often tempestuous relationship with Diego Rivera, her husband, as well as the leftist intellectual circle that the couple would often entertain at the house. Photographs, outfits, jewelry, kitchen implements, and several other objects used in the daily life of the renowned artist are interspersed with pieces of art, along with an array of Mexican crafts and pre-Hispanic pieces. The museum collection grew considerable in the year 2007 after a large number of previously unseen items were discovered stashed away in the home’s attic.

The Frida Kahlo Museum offers a more offbeat travel experience for travelers within the area of Mexico City. Situated in the southwestern suburb of Coyoacan, the museum is located at the corner of Allende and Londres beyond the high blue walls. Frida Kahlo was born in this house, grew up here, lived in the home with her husband Diego Rivera, a muralist from the year 1941, and until her death in the year 1954 at the age of forty-seven. The museum is known for being fascinating not just for the personal effects of these two artists and the museum collections, but also for providing a glimpse into the lifestyle during the beginning of this century f the affluent Mexican bohemians.

The colonial-style home known as Casa Azul is a U-shaped home built around a central courtyard. The cheerful space is populated with luxuriant tropical plants and pre-Columbian idols. This is where Frida Kahlo once played as a child, and where she worked on paintings as an adult and held classes in art for the “Los Fridos” students.

Moving on from the home’s courtyard, visitors first enter what was once the formal living room, where the Riveras often entertained an eclectic and international group of friends. The room is now a gallery for several paintings created by Kahlo, including portraits of her family, and Viva la Vida. Other rooms of the house contain pre-Columbian jewelry, Tehuana costumes, the diary of Frida Kahlo, idols, masks, and much more. Visitors can also see paintings by Diego Rivera, Jose Maria Velasco, Paul Klee, and other artists.

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