The largest private collection of original Frida Kahlo artwork is now on display at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” is the most comprehensive presentation of Kahlo’s work displayed in the Chicago area in more than 40 years.
College, MAC and local leaders marked the exhibition’s opening last week with an official ribbon cutting. Thousands of guests flocked to the Glen Ellyn campus for the show’s sold-out debut weekend.
“It took years of planning to coordinate an event of this magnitude and we are honored to share such a wonderful collection of art with a host of key stakeholders,” said College of DuPage President Dr. Brian Caputo. “The College has always been a center for culture and the arts. With this exhibit, we move into a new era of providing the greater community with unparalleled cultural opportunities.”
McAninch Arts Center and “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” Director Diana Martinez marveled at the response the exhibit has received and expressed her gratitude for the excitement, not only of exhibition patrons but from local community members as well.
“’Frida Kahlo: Timeless’ has led to an evolution from a college gallery to a museum,” she said. “People are coming from all 50 states and six countries to visit our exhibition. This has been the passion project of a lifetime.”
“Frida Kahlo: Timeless” features 26 original works on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo, and includes an array of oil paintings and works on paper spanning the life of Kahlo, a Mexican artist foundational to the 20th century art historical canon. Best known for self-portraits highlighting themes of identity, politics, sexuality and death, Kahlo channeled her personal struggles into her art and became an iconic figure and symbol of female empowerment, individual courage and Mexican pride.
The exhibition includes pivotal pieces created throughout the artist's life, including 19 oil paintings, representing over one-tenth of the total number of Kahlo paintings in existence. Works from Kahlo's life follow span a period when the artist was bedridden for months after surviving a life-altering bus accident at age 18 through a work completed the year of her death.
For tickets or more information, visit Frida2021.org or call (630) 942-4000.