“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality” Frida Kahlo
This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Guided with interview, commentary and Frida’s own words, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.
Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.
Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.
We might think we already know Frida Kahlo – the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk style clothing have made her a muse to generations – but what lies beneath the surface of this intensely passionate woman?
Image credits: Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Bridgeman
Cover photo: The Two Fridas, 1939, Frida Kahlo, Museo de Arte Moderno, De Agostini Picture Library, G. Dagli Orti, Bridgeman Images
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About Exhibition on Screen:
Working with all the world’s major international museums and galleries, Exhibition on Screen creates films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, accompanied by insights from the world’s leading historians and art critics. Since launching in 2011, Exhibition on Screen has released 22 films which have been shown in over 60 countries worldwide.
Exhibition on Screen is produced and distributed in the UK by award-winning film-maker Phil Grabsky and his production company Seventh Art Productions. They have also created the Great Composers cinema series and the highly acclaimed ITV series Great Art.