Profile - Museo Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul)

There is a special atmosphere in this place, the house where Frida Kahlo was born, where she lived as an artist married to an artist, and where she spent her last days. Behind these tall blue walls, the artist created a world of her own, and the creative spirit of the famous Latin American artist vibrates in the house. Frida’s paintings hang from the walls and at their side stand those ordinary things that made up the everyday life of this woman, a family, and the friends surrounding the couple Kahlo-Rivera. The Blue House is mainly that: a house, a place where things tell us a story and invite us to take a walk along its rooms, its corridors, and its patios.

Diego Rivera donated the Museo Frida Kahlo in memory of his third wife with whom he shared 25 years of his life. In August 1955 Rivera donated furniture, buildings, works of art and various objects to a commission charged with creating the Museums Diego Rivera Anahuacalli and Frida Kahlo. This legacy included the Casa Azul (Blue House) in Coyoacan which was inaugurated as a museum on the 12th July 1958.

Years before she died Frida Kahlo had spoken to Rivera about converting her house into a museum. The former Kahlo family house was also the place where Kahlo lived with Rivera after they were married and where the couple received distinguished guests such as Leon Trotsky, André Breton, Concha Michel, Dolores del Río, María Félix, Lucha Reyes and Chavela Vargas. The house was renovated several times during the time the couple lived there with a new area built in 1947. Rivera designed and directed the architectural changes within the building which was perfectly adapted to the needs of both artists.

Rivera added to this invaluable legacy with an archive of pieces from cultures originating from Mexico, collected throughout his life in the Museo Diego Rivera Anahucalli (see profile) in San Pablo Tepetlapa. Both museums respectively adopted the names of each artist in accordance with Rivera’s wishes.

Frida passed away in 1954. Her ashes are inside a mortuary urn on her dressing table, in her bedroom. Ever since the museum was opened it has received annually more than 200 thousand visitors. They come in search of the woman who is an emblem of feminism and the legendary figure that she herself helped to create. And maybe the house and the objects inside it have come to inhabit the mind of all the people who have visited the Blue House, the house that Frida loved so much.

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