I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya and privileged to get a private tour by the museum’s curator, Victor Sampayo. I had been to the Casa Azul in Coyoacan, so I really didn’t know what to expect at this museum but let me tell you, all my expectations were blown away! Now it’s my turn to take you on a virtual tour.
Frida Kahlo is a worldwide icon, at least I’d like to think most people can recognize her unique features. The hardcore fans like me, know everything there is to know about her…well at least that’s what I thought until I came to the museum. This multi-faceted woman has much more history than we know of, and could ever wish for living the many lives she did in her short lived life. This museum is the best place to learn about the woman, Frida, as Victor says. Victor took me on the exhilarating rollercoaster that was Frida Kahlo’s life, from the day she was born to the day she passed. Her life was everything but ordinary.
Leaving this place left me with the deep burning question — do we need something life threatening to happen in our lives to live like it’s our last day? I know I sure take a lot for granted but it’s never too late to live the ‘now’. I still think Frida was the exception. Her rebel and vivacious ways were deep rooted. She is the purest form of someone who lived life to the fullest and stayed true to her passion until the day she died.
Viva La Vida (long live life) was her last painting before she passed, in which she depicted colorful pieces of watermelon (in her signature color red) in various shapes and sizes. Victor explains, the different shapes and sizes of the watermelon pieces showed the rollercoaster of the life she lived. Always different, never perfect but beautiful nonetheless. She was an optimist. The biggest takeaway besides the newly acquired knowledge, was that positivity can get us through anything in this life. And you if you ever doubt that, come and learn about this heroine at the Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya.
Viva la Vida!
A week before her death, a frail Frida signed this painting with her name, date, location and her famous phrase Viva La Vida (long live life). Diego praised his late wife for having done over 200 paintings and for being the only Latina to conquer the Louvre in Paris.
The beautiful Fridas greeting guests at the opening party.One of my favorite parts of the museum is being able to learn about her life as it happened. There is also a virtual reality wall projection room that you must see it to believe it! So much to tell…I recommend you go see it for yourself 😉
A stunning altar with some of Frida’s beloved things like her 2 xoloitxcuintli (show-low-eats-queen-tlee) breed dogs aka hairless chihuahuas.Frida spent a year in bed after the terrible accident that almost killed her. Ironically, it was in this bed that an artist was born out of boredom. Death on top of her bed, is the big sister of sleep, Victor explains. She also had over 30 surgeries, so her bed became a second home & this was Frida’s humorous way to mock death.The 4 battles of Frida’s life: As a child she contracted Polio which caused her to have a frail & underdeveloped right leg, second is her desire to be a mother but couldn’t achieve because of the accident, third were her lifetime struggles from a shattered spine, and last but not least her right leg amputation from gangrene complications.Frida was a creative genius even in the way she dressed. She adopted the Tehuana indigenous style of dressing as a colorful way to connect with her humble roots in Oaxaca (she was half Hungarian) but also to cover and distract from her injuries. Tehuanas are also the leaders in their communities which was a huge reason why Frida related. #girlpower The museum also has the cutest shop with all-things Frida Kahlo!
With the man of the hour, Victor Sampayo.
Special thanks to:
Victor Sampayo — Museum curator
Alejandra Tamez — Public Relations
& everyone at the Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya for your hospitality.
-Open daily from 9a-11am
-General public $15
-Mexican citizens 10% off
– Teachers, students, people with dissabilities & senior citizens 30%
-Locals with proof of ID and children ages 5-11 years old get 50% off
-Children under 5 years are free.
-Located on the corner of 5th ave. and 8th street.