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Frida Kahlo as a young woman now in Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund, Baden-Baden

11-19-2009 10:31 AM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund

Portrait of Frida, 2009

Portrait of Frida, 2009

A private collector has given on loan to the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden a painting “Portrait of Frida”. The painting reproduces a black and white with sepia tones photo of Frida Kahlo taken by her father, Guillermo Kahlo, on February 7th 1926 (7-II-1926).

The photo was taken five months after the almost fatal bus accident Frida Kahlo suffered on September 17th 1925. The painting “Portrait of Frida” based on such photo shows a 18 year old Frida wearing a Chinese silk dress, sitting in her parents’ sitting room, on her lap lie two books. It seems almost a miracle that Frida recovered so quickly from the accident which almost killed her and left her physically and emotionally marked for life.

Beyond the artistic value this painting, now in exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund, has a biographic meaning as it captures a young, serious Frida in the year when she started to paint intensely to express her pain and feelings.

The “Portrait of Frida”, 2009, oil on canvas, 82 x 115 cm, will be on exhibition in the Kunstmuseum till February 28 2010.
During this time, beside the painting “Portrait of Frida”, the Kustmuseum will exhibit a complete photo collection of Frida Kahlo documenting her life from when she was four year old, to her funeral in 1954.

With 111 paintings (licensed replicas from: © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008) in the exhibition, the Kustmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden shows the most complete collection of Frida Kahlo works worldwide.

The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is a privately owned art museum dedicated to showing monographic works.
The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund exihibits only the works of one artist at the time, whereby over 70% of the work of one artist is shown. The objective of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is to offer the visitors a complete view of the entire work of one artist, in this way it is possible to follow the artist’s development, to discover the different phases the painter goes through in his/her life: from lack of direction to new inspiration.

The Vision of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is to offer the visitors a cultural experience that covers all the senses, and an environment that touches not only the eyes of the visitors, but their minds, and above all their hearts.
Every decision made in the creation of the museum was driven by two elements:
- respect for the visitors, and
- respect for the artists.

In addition to exhibiting the artworks, the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund shows the environment of the life of the painter: Tehuana blouses, jewelry, and the entire context in which the artist lived and produced his/her paintings. This 360°view of the llife and work of one artist allows the visitors to immerse themselves totally into the artworks and to better understand the artist.

The founders of the Art Museum are Hans-Jürgen Gehrke and Dr. Mariella C. Remund. Both are art patrons, collectors, and passionate art historians. Both have spent over 25 years in executive positions in multinational corporations and academic organizations in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, USA, Spain, South America and China.

Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund GmbH
Industriestrasse 9a
76532 Baden-Baden, Germany
Tel #: +49 7221 97 11899
Presscontact Person: Dr. Mariella C. Remund
www.Kunstmuseum-Gehrke-Remund.de

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