Visitors to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City can now skip the queue by taking a 360 degree virtual tour of the artist’s former house and garden.
The villa, which is known as the Casa Azul (Blue House), is where Kahlo spent a majority of her life, and contains some of the painter’s most important works, including “Long Live Life”, “Frida and the Caesarian Operation”, and “Portrait of My Father”, among others.
The house includes the original furniture from when Kahlo lived there, as well as personal possessions, Mexican folk art, and works by Kahlo's husband Diego Rivera. A virtual exhibition titled Appearances Can Be Deceiving features over 300 pieces of Kahlo’s belongings, including her instantly recognisable clothing: traditional Mexican dress, intricately embroidered blouses, and brightly coloured skirts. The artist’s prosthetic leg, which she had custom-made following the amputation of her right leg in 1953, can be found in her bedroom.
A highlight is Kahlo’s bright-yellow kitchen and table, where she and Rivera would spend time with communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky, who lived next door, and with whom Kahlo had a brief affair. In the adjacent room is her atelier, which is stocked with paints and the artist’s easel.