Frida Kahlo: The Chaos Inside

12.10.2019 - 29.03.2020

Frida Kahlo: The Chaos Inside, the exhibition takes you on an exciting journey!

The greatest photographers of the time who immortalized Frida Kahlo, her clothes, her letters, the films that see her as protagonist, the reconstruction of the spaces in which she lived, such as the study and the bedroom, enclosed in a fascinating exhibition in where the immersive reality will put everyone in touch with the extraordinary world of the artist.

An artist is a dreamer, a visionary who knows how to best express what others do not see. Then there are characters who become icons and Frida Kahlo, a strong and determined woman, a myth of Mexico and the world, has left more than a memory of herself. From his works one can still perceive the essence of his soul. This explains the reason for its continuous and enormous success. Not only talented brushstrokes remain of her, but it seems that in every work, her deepest thoughts have remained imprisoned.
The exhibition dedicated to the great queen of Mexican art Frida Khalo wants to celebrate her as a woman and as an artist. “The chaos inside” is indeed a photographic and interactive journey, with a strong sensory impact that intends to fully involve the visitor in retracing the life, history and creativity of the Khalo through the use of multimedia.


Within the exhibition entitled “The chaos inside” it is possible to follow thematic itineraries to fully immerse yourself in the world of Frida and access focus dedicated to the individual works. This is a new way to deepen the knowledge of the Mexican artist thanks to original contents ranging from the relationship of Frida with the body, to its relations with politics, to the value of a painting that goes far beyond the pop legend.

In addition to the works of art proposed in Modlight format, the Collection also presents hundreds of personal photographs, author portraits, letters, diary pages, clothes and jewels inspired by the artist, for a 360-degree journey into the universe of Frida .
On this journey it will also be possible to appreciate the most representative corners of the interior of its historic home in Mexico City. At Casa Azul, Frida lived since childhood, first with her family and later with her husband Diego Rivera. Today it is the home of the museum dedicated to her.


This “sensory exhibition”, curated by experts in the field, presents a vision of the life and loves of Frida Kahlo through her vibrant letters, her candid photographs and the works seen through technology in an immersive and engaging perspective. It tells the story of a unique artist, covering the places of her life: her home in Mexico City, her bedroom, her studio, the garden of Casa Azul. Along the way, the viewer gains a deeper understanding of Frida’s relationships with her husband, the artist Diego Rivera and through the photographs of the photographer Leo Matiz, an intimate and personal story of the woman icon of contemporary art is read.


The exhibition is conceived as a path in which the fundamental stages correspond to the most significant events in the life of the artist. You will be able to discover the development of his creative style as a painter as well as the health complications that he encountered in the decades; his great political and social passion as well as the sentimental aspects concerning his love affairs.
We want to introduce the viewer to the transgressive world of Frida Kahlo; a complex universe in which pain and ecstasy mix, creating the basis on which a fascinating work takes shape.
As part of the curation of the traveling exhibition Frida Kahlo “The chaos inside”, we will create an experience that will allow the viewer to immerse themselves in his world, observed from the artistic point of view, knowing the details of his private profile. It is a tour that will start from the house (the Casa Azul) until it reaches the most hermetic corners of its obsessions and its symbolism. The perfect complement for a unique exhibition.

“Since my subjects have always been my feelings, my mental states and the profound reactions that life has produced in me, I have frequently objectified all this in images of myself, which were the most sincere thing that I could do to express what I felt inside and outside of me ”
(Frida Kahlo)

The places of his life, of his Casa Azul become theater to tell the artistic stages of the painter. The rooms, inspired by the originals, will host multimedia animations that will reproduce the love letters and his most famous works.
From the bedroom to the study, then move on to the lush garden of Casa Azul, paying attention to a careful definition of materials and representative fidelity. Even the bedroom and the study will be represented faithfully following all the details present in the original space. Multimedia will play a fundamental role because with its captivating power it will be able to present the paintings that will come to life or you can approach letters and original texts in a multisensory environment in a completely new way.


The bedroom will be reconstructed in its details. Distinguished by the large four-poster bed with a mirror placed at the top, so that it could be seen even during the long periods of absolute rest set by the doctors, Frida could admire and represent herself through this system.
“I paint myself because I spend a lot of time alone and I am the subject I know best,” the artist said.
Through animated audio and video, it will be possible to know some details of Frida’s life and of her suffered artistic and creative universe.


Entering the studio you will have the feeling of a living environment, strongly experienced by the artist. Through animated audio and video that will accompany the viewer, it will be possible to relive the moments that the painter spent in the space dedicated to creativity. The selected works, which will be projected and animated within the studio, are those most closely linked to the body and soul of the artist and his great suffering.

“I’m not sick. I’m broken. But I’m happy, as long as I can paint. ” (Frida K.)

Frida Kahlo, who had a disability, faced her difficult condition from the beginning, opposing adverse fate, succeeding in transforming immobility into an artistic opportunity and subsequently transforming suffering into art. The pain represented in his paintings is never tragic. Frida designs the intensity and weakness of the human race. His works make us perceive how much this body of a wounded woman has been central to his art and his existence.


The photographs in the exhibition tell how Leo Matiz’s eyes, embodied by the lens of his camera, have long observed Frida Kahlo and are also revelators of bonds, visible or not. The images on display are able to traverse time and space and evoke, in the eyes of the beholder, an intricate web of friendship, intellectual, sentimental and artistic relations, which have marked the lives of many individuals who have gravitated around the figure of the Mexican painter in his Casa Azul in Coyoacàn.
They are the proud and profound eyes of Frida now more than thirty years old, in a moment of her life in which she has gained full confidence in herself: she is a renowned painter, she has become independent both from an economic and sentimental point of view since husband.
Matiz portrays Frida in everyday spaces: the neighborhood, the house and the garden, the study. The shot, in fact, describes to those who observe a clear outline and rich in elements from which to capture continuous suggestions, to outline the character that is the creative center of the portrait.

Silver gelatin prints, made from original negatives on warm Maco Multibrom WA paper, were donated to the “Bagheria Museum – Observatory of contemporary art in Sicily” by Ezio Pagano from the Leo Matiz Fundación of Bogotà, directed by Alejandra Matiz, daughter of the great photographer.

Catalogs of the most important Leo Matiz exhibitions will be displayed in a showcase in the center, and a rare collection of posters and posters will complete the journey


“Since my subjects have always been my feelings, my mental states and the profound reactions that life has produced in me, I have frequently objectified all this in images of myself, which were the most sincere thing that I could do to express what I felt inside and outside of me ”

Frida Kahlo

With these words the painter explains how in her intense artistic activity she has favored self-portraits. Emotions and feelings have always been a source of inspiration for the evolution of Frida Khalo’s artistic process. She chooses the self-portrait as an expressive form of her tormented inner world. In this thematic area of ​​the exhibition, some of the most famous and representative ones have been expertly selected.

Inevitable the one that inspired the title to the section “Le due Frida” painted in 1939.
Along with other famous reproductions of the masterpieces collected here it is possible to make a journey into the moods and the various phases of the existence of Frida Khalo.

All reproductions of the works are in Modlight format. It is a particular form of homogeneous backlighting, in which each previously digitized painting is reproduced on a special film, in its original dimensions.
Through this method it is possible to appreciate all the main characteristics of the canvases painted by Frida during its existence.
Traces, signs, brushstrokes and colors of the extraordinary works are returned with absolute fidelity. Thanks to a path that follows the chronological order of the self-portraits, it will be possible to discover the evolution of the painter’s style in her fervent creative years.


At the center of the exhibition will be the reproduction of the lush garden of Casa Azul. An environment strongly characterized and of great impact where lights, sounds that evoke nature and a lot of green will take place. A scenography that wants to be almost a pause for the visitor, who can enjoy the space, losing the perception of being in a closed place, but reliving the sensations of the true Mexican garden, of the garden of Frida Kahlo.
Inside the green space also photobooth panels will be placed to take home original photos of the visit and to share on social networks.


Letters of love, historical photos and portraits will be the testimonies of a strong and tormented love between the two protagonists. The Mexican artist in a letter will be devoured by love and through words he confesses all his affection, but also his loneliness.
The recipient of all this passionate charge is the painter Diego Rivera.
The two will marry and betray each other, only to return together until the death of the Khalo in 1954.

“My night is moonless. My night has big eyes that stare at a gray light that filters through the windows. My night cries and the pillow becomes wet and cold. My night is long and seems stretched towards an uncertain end. My night rushes me into your absence. I look for you, I look for your immense body close to mine, your breath, your smell. My night answers me: empty; my night gives me cold and loneliness. I’m looking for a point of contact: your skin. Where are you? Where are you? I turn around in all directions, the damp pillow, my cheek sticks, my hair wet against my temples. It is not possible that you are not here. My mind wanders, my thoughts go, come and crowd, my body cannot understand. My body would like you. My body, this mutilated area, would like to forget for a moment in your warmth, my body demands a few hours of serenity. My night is a heart reduced to a rag. My night knows that I’d like to look at you, follow every curve of your body with your hands, recognize your face and caress it. My night suffocates me for your lack. My night palpitates with love, the one I try to stem but that palpitates in the shadows, in every fiber of mine. My night would like to call you but has no voice. Yet he would like to call you and find you and hold on to you for a moment and forget this time that massacres. My body cannot understand. He needs you as much as I do, it may be that in the end, I and my body form a whole. My body needs you, you have often almost healed me. My night is digging until I no longer feel the flesh and the feeling becomes stronger, more acute, devoid of material substance.


José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros so famous as to be called “LOS TRES GRANDES”, leading figures in Mexican and international culture. Their art represents the excellence of muralist painting and one of the most important currents of the 20th century at the international level. Their works are of great political commitment and testify, in an effective and engaging way, the poetics of the three greatest muralists, emblem of Mexican modernity in the world.

Wanting to pay homage to the big three, moments of history will be recreated through blow-ups and the creation of two large murals by some contemporary Mexican muralists.


Many nations have paid great recognition to the Mexican artist by issuing unique stamps, of great value that have marked some of the most important anniversaries related to the history of Frida Khalo. An exclusive collection of philatelic products that celebrate the great queen of Mexican art.
This is an exceptional collection of stamps, for the first time on display, from various countries.
Frida was the first Hispanic woman portrayed on a stamp issued by the United States of America. The issue, June 21, 2001, is a tribute to one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

Several other countries in the world have issued stamps with the effigy of Kahlo starting from Mexico (in 2001 and 2007), S. Tomè and Principe (2006), Mozambique and Serbia (2007) Niger (2016), Maldives and the Central African Republic (2017) and several others.


The cinema hall will host various documentaries on the life of Frida Kahlo produced by Sky Arte.


The ART COUTURE project was born from the intent to divulge the beauty contained in the works of art and convey it through fashion. Frida Kahlo, the great artist of the soul, manages to involve the public both as a woman and as a person able to live and experience strong and contrasting feelings between love and pain. Through the joy of color she transmits and at the same time seems to get rid of some torments. “I paint because it gives me joy” is in fact one of his famous phrases.
The project involves the research, design and construction of clothes, which faithfully reproduce as many works by the artist, an exhibition that traces the unique style of the Mexican artist he created himself, mixing tradition with a unique and contemporary style today, which has inspired many fashion brands and continues to fascinate many women.
Frida Khalo remains an example, a symbol of hope for the feminine universe in which love for art can succeed in healing every physical and moral wound.

“My skirts with lace ruffles and the old blouse I always wore are the portrait of an absent person”
(Frida Kahlo, March 1939)

Location: Set – Spazio Eventi Tirso, Via Tirso, Rome
Date: 12 October 2019 – 29 March 2020
Contacts: 388/8507930 &


Set – Spazio Eventi Tirso, Via Tirso, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy



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