As you walk through the colorful, floral entrance of the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Dali Museum, it lures and entices you into the exhibit that holds more the 60 Kahlo pieces on display. You can’t help but feel like you’re walking into someone’s personal journal that’s plastered all over the walls.
Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) was a Mexican self-portrait artist, famous for her unique and turbulent life, and was admired as a feminist icon. Her work usually depicted life-changing events she’d prospered through, and personal battles she overcame.
There were a few key lessons learned from the Frida Kahlo exhibit:
–Don’t take crap: In an era where women were seen as the lesser sex and standing up for women’s rights was frowned upon, Frida Kahlo wasn’t afraid to fight for her rights.
–When life hands you lemons: Kahlo was faced with many obstacles in life, from an unfaithful husband, numerous miscarriages and crippling health issues. But out of those obstacles, she channeled her turmoil into incredible art.
–Keep on keeping on: Kahlo’s life was speckled with injuries, depression and sicknesses that left her bed-ridden. These health issues eventually lead to her passing at age 47. But even with the mental and physical pain she faced, Kahlo continued to focus on painting.
A perfect example of this is what she said when losing her leg to gangrene:
“Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly.” – Frida Kahlo