Art & Culture

Immersive Frida Kahlo Exhibit

Claire Miles
Apr 04, 2023

The Frida Kahlo Corporation and the Spanish digital arts organization ‘Layers of Reality’ have collaborated on a brand-new experience called “Frida Kahlo, The Life of an Icon,” which will make its premiere in October at the Immersive Pavilion in Brooklyn.

Using “seven distinct transforming locations, one is able to explore the life and work of the Mexican artist who, in the 21st century, continues to inspire and be more important than ever,” according to an official press release, the 90-minute walk-through show will be held at the museum. The exhibition traveled around Europe before opening in New York, and it later traveled to other American towns like Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque. It is planned to continue on to Canadian cities and certain Latin American nations.

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These places feature “infinite symbolism,” a responsive sensory artwork, rooms with 360-degree projections, and locations that employ virtual reality technology to physically take you inside Kahlo’s most well-known pieces. It was only a matter of time before Kahlo, the now-iconic painter, received both the Broadway care and her very own immersive experience. The now-iconic painter rose to fame through her numerous self-portraits and portraits inspired by Mexican artifacts and nature. We can only hope that both initiatives will honor her.

A recent show in Paris also offers a look into the private life of Frida Kahlo by displaying her paintings alongside personal belongings like her orthopedic corsets, bright pink Revlon lipstick, and traditional Tehuana outfits. After making its premiere in 2012 at the Casa Azul, Kahlo’s birthplace in Mexico City, and making visits in different forms in London, New York City, and San Francisco, “Frida Kahlo, Beyond Appearances” debuts on Thursday at the Palais Galliera, the fashion museum funded by Paris City Hall. After Kahlo passed away in 1954, a lot of the items were sealed and didn’t come to light until fifty years later. Fortunately, a number of her outfits were still in condition and are now on exhibit with the pictures they appeared in, including a well-known collection of color portraits by Nickolas Muray.