La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo

This home-turned-museum is where Frida Kahlo was born, began to paint, lived with her husband muralist Diego Rivera, and died , making the house a witness to one of the most important artistic lives in Mexican history. Frida was famous for self-portraits, she said she painted her reality and her paintings carried a message of pain. Her life had both, physical and emotional. Much can be learned by visiting the home.

The bold blue house with red trim stands out in the quiet residential street of the Coyoacán section of Mexico City. Kahlo and Rivera felt that the bright colors represented Mexican culture.
The museum entrance leads to a large patio where pre-Columbian sculptures collected by Diego Rivera throughout his lifetime are scattered among the plants and fountains.

The couple’s love for traditional Mexican art can be seen throughout the house, from the large fireplace designed by Rivera that dominates the first room, resembling a step pyramid like the ones built by the Mayas and Aztecs, to Kahlo’s paintings and the couple’s collection of smaller sculptures.

It is the remnants of Kahlo and Rivera’s private life that begin to tell their story. Part of the collection is a bed with a mirror attached to it, used by Kahlo in order to create many of her celebrated self-portraits.
The studio is among my favorite, Frida and Diego shared the space. it has large windows allowing great natural light and a splendid view of the garden.

Frida once said “Pies para qué los quiero, si tengo alas pa’ volar” -Feet what for, if have wings to fly-