Tuesday, April 7, 2015

La Casa Azul

La Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo Museum, was a highlight of my recent trip to Mexico City. I strolled through the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacan, admiring the traditional and colorful architecture of the 1920's-chic locale, until I spotted the bright blue walls of the house-turned-museum where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived.

Although the museum didn't open until 10 a.m., about 40 people lined the blue exterior walls of the house when I arrived at 9:30, eagerly awaiting a glimpse at the iconic artist's life. If you go to the museum, arrive early. I noticed that the line increased exponentially by the time we exited.

The exterior walls hide lush interior gardens. Houses in Mexico offer a delightful surprise beyond the walls. Imagine the inspiration for an artist in an atmosphere like this.

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A few of Frida Kahlo's works line the beginning of the tour through the house in addition to some paintings and mixed media art from Diego Rivera and other artists.

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Despite the fact that I already knew quite a bit about Frida Kahlo's difficult life, my appreciation for her struggle grew by seeing the bedroom where she painted in addition to viewing other quotidian items such as her clothing, medical supplies, and corsets.

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The audio guide provides a wealth of information about Diego and Frida's lives and relationship that enriches any visit. The size of Diego Rivera's overalls surprised my girls!

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"Frida and Diego lived in this house 1929-1954"

Practical information: The Frida Kahlo Museum is located in Coyoacan, in the southern part of Mexico City. Arrive early and purchase tickets online in advance to avoid long lines. Pay for an audio guide to get the most information and add a photo pass if you plan to take non-flash pictures inside the house. There is a taxi stand located just outside of the museum, offering a safe return to your hotel or to your next destination.


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