03-29-2011 06:17 PM CET - Arts & Culture

For the first time in a European museum, two extraordinary pieces will be shown in the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden.

Press release from: Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund

The pieces are two “Resplandor”, head covers as Frida Kahlo used to wear and as she painted in two of her paintings.
“Being able to exhibit the two “Resplandor” is of high cultural and artistic value, to our knowledge no museum in Europe has even shown such pieces before”, said Mr. Gehrke, Museum Director.
The Resplandor (meaning “The Glowing”) is a head cover made of lace, coloured satin ribbon and white starched pleats to cover the shoulders. A white lace fits tightly around the face.
This special head cover is worn by the independent Tehuana women in South of Mexico, who still wear it today to go to church or for special holidays.
The “Resplandor” exhibited are original from Salina de Cruz, in the Tehuantepec Isthmus in the South of Mexico. Salina de Cruz is of “Zapotec” ethnicity, one of the most important pre-columbian cultures. The dresses that Frida Kahlo used to wear and paint come from this area and ethical culture.
Frida Kahlo painted herself wearing the “Resplandor” in two of her self-portraits.
She started painting the fist one in 1940, the year of her divorce from Diego Rivera: “Self-portrait as a Tehuana or Diego in my thoughts”, eight years later she painted the second one “Self-portrait, 1948” commissioned by her dentist.

Both paintings can be seen, next to the “Resplandor” at the Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden.
In addition to the new exhibits, the permanent exhibition of Frida Kahlo: “Viva La Vida” shows 116 oil paintings of the Mexican artist. The paintings are hand painted licensed replicas from © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.

The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is a privately owned monographic art museum founded in 2008. The Kunstmuseum exihibits only the works of Frida Kahlo. The objective of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is to offer the visitors a complete view of the entire work of the Mexican artist, thus allowing to follow Kahlo’s development, to discover the different phases she goes through in her life: from the very early works to her last painting.
The Vision of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is to offer the visitors a unique 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 exhibit the artworks, the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund shows the environment of Frida Kahlo’s life: Tehuana Huipiles (blouses), Resplandor (head cover), jewelry, and the entire context in which the artist lived and produced her paintings. This 360°view of Kahlo’s llife and work allows the visitors to totally immerse themselves 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.
They 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.
The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is member of ICOM.

Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund GmbH
Industriestrasse 9a
76532 Baden-Baden, Germany
Tel #: +49 7221 97 11899
Press contact person: Dr. Mariella C. Remund

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