a saturday with frida kahlo

I went to the NY Botanical Garden for the first time about a month ago and it was such a magical experience. I fell in love with the place, the maybe 1/8th of the vast terrain I had time to see [I will be returning soon for the rest, just waiting for a nice sunny weekend, which the month of June has betrayed me of :/]. My timing coincided with the recent opening of the Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibit, which is “NYBG’s evocation of this unusual garden as it appeared in the mid-20th century.” If you live in the NYC area, check it out before it closes on Nov. 1!

It engaged all of my feels. I dusted off my camera and captured the shots below. enjoy 🙂

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s home [Casa Azul]. If I ever have the chance to visit Mexico City, the Museo Frida Kahlo will be atop my agenda.

the beginning.
the beginning.
a complicated love they had.
a complicated love they had.
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entering Frida’s world.
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pyramid channeling their ancient ancestors.

Frida’s studio:

a recreation of Frida's garden studio.
a recreation of Frida’s garden studio.
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the makings of magic.
"I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality."
“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality” – frida

Frida had a deep appreciation for cactus plants, as do I [not all of these are from her garden, some are from other parts of the Garden]:

indestructible.
indestructible.
a world of varieties.
a world of varieties.
strange.
boundary defying.
boundary defying.
breathtakingly strange.
limitless.
limitless.

flores [I couldn’t resist]:

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