A truly sensual experience, an explosion of colour and pure vitality - anyone who wants to escape the Berlin winter for a while can immerse themselves in the world of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo from 10 November 2023.
Frida Kahlo is by far the most famous painter in Mexico, if not in Latin America. The haunting small-format paintings articulate Frida Kahlo's physical and emotional suffering, her grief and her tragedy. Her self-portraits are particularly famous; they are the most honest and true expression of what she felt, she wrote in 1939.
The 360-degree experience takes visitors to Mexico to the Casa Azul in Coyoacán. It was there that the young Frida Kahlo lived, confined to her bed after a serious accident, and began to paint.
"I am not ill, I am broken. But as long as I can paint, I am happy to be alive." - Frida Kahlo
In the immersive exhibition at the Napoleon Complex, VIVA FRIDA KAHLO shows the 1920s to 40s and the colourful paintings and self-portraits as a testimony to a life full of grace, pain and an unbroken will to live. Visitors to the exhibition move freely through the space, elaborate all-round projections create exotic colour worlds full of emotion and allow them to experience Frida Kahlo's works in a way never seen before.
Kahlo's paintings, which appear almost tiny in the original, are brought to life and projected onto walls up to 18 metres long and 5.5 metres high as well as onto the floor of the exhibition hall. For an all-round sensory experience, a narrator in the role of the artist guides visitors through the emotional world of the emancipated painter with original quotations. A specially composed soundtrack acoustically underpins the immersive staging.
The exhibition is thus an experience for all the senses.