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Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund and Frida Kahlo Exhibition celebrate their 5th anniversary

02-28-2014 05:11 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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"Wedding Room" in Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden

"Wedding Room" in Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden

Today, February 28, five years ago, two passionate art and Mexican culture lovers opened the doors of their newly founded private Museum to all the visitors queuing outside the old factory building turned into Museum in Baden-Baden.
Five years ago, the exhibition shown in the Museum contained a total of 100 replicas of the paintings of the world famous artist Frida Kahlo, 10 photos, 5 Mexican dresses as Frida used to wear and over 20 Maya and Aztec artifacts.
From the inception the exhibition concept was to show, in a permanent setting, the work and life of Frida Kahlo through her paintings as replicas.
The paintings are licensed replicas from © Banco de Mexico, Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2008; the Museum was and is worldwide the only holder of such permission to replicate all the known works of the Mexican artist.

Over the years the Museum founders have added to their collection so that today the Museum counts over 1000 exhibits, including entire rooms of the Blue House reconstructed from vintage photos to the smallest detail.
Probably one of the most iconic additions to the exhibition was the canopy bed of Frida Kahlo reproduced to the millimeter in the same materials and style as her own bed in Mexico City. Today the exhibition shows more than 30 Mexican dresses, a Mexican rebozo (scarf) dated ca.1827, two photographs from Nickolas Muray from the Nikolas Muray Archives and over 120 photos of Frida, her family, her friends, and Mexico between 1900 to 1950.

During the years in Baden-Baden the Museum and the Frida Kahlo exhibition were the preferred place for schools visits, families Sunday outings, first dates and, following the trail of love, even for a surprise marriage proposal, an actual wedding and a married couple for 23 years, finally bought their first wedding rings in the museum shop for $4 each.
All these events, and many more, happened under the vigilant, penetrating, mysterious eyes of Frida Kahlo looking from the paintings.

This year, the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Museum will be celebrated in San Diego; since October 2013 most of the Kunstmuseum exhibits and Frida’s story can be seen at NTC Liberty Station in San Diego for the pleasure of the visitors coming from Mexico and California.

The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is a privately owned monographic art museum founded in 2008. The Kunstmuseum exhibits 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 from the very early works to her maturity. The paintings shown in the Museum are hand-painted licensed replicas from © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.

In addition to exhibit the artworks, the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund shows the cultural and historical environment of Frida Kahlo’s life and times in Mexico: Tehuana Huipiles (blouses) and dresses, jewelry, pre-columbian sculptures, Mexican votive paintings and the entire context in which the artist lived and produced her work. This 360°view of Kahlo’s life and work allows the visitors to totally immerse themselves into the artworks and to better understand the artist and the Mexican history and culture.

The founders of the Art Museum are Hans-Jürgen Gehrke and Prof. 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, Mexico, South America and China.

Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund GmbH
Rumpenheimer Str 13
63165 Germany
Tel #: +1 619 519 2408
Press contact person: Dr. Mariella C. Remund
Info(at)FridaKahlo.Mu

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