300 of Frida Kahlo's personal possessions unveiled in new exhibit
After being hidden for 50 years
Frida Kahlo's late husband and fellow artist, Diego Rivera began collecting the personal items belonging to his iconic wife after she died in 1954 – storing them inside the bathroom of their house in Mexico City. The collection grew to feature over 300 items, including old Revlon nailpolishes, gloves, shoes and clothing.
Rivera requested in his will that the collection should remain sealed until 15 years after his own death, and despite the fact that the couple's house was transformed into a museum in later years – the locked bathroom remained off limits, until now...
In 2004, the museum unlocked the hidden stash and invited photographer Ishiuchi Miyako to document the items – many of which serve as beautiful statements about the woman, who remained strong despite illness. The collection includes full, exotic skirts that hid Kahlo's leg crippled by Polio, and the a bold red prosthetic leg that eventually replaced it. These beautiful images are now being exhibited at London's Hoppen Gallery.
Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako runs at the Hoppen Gallery in London from May 14 to July 7