Frida Kahlo
Her Photos

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art. Upon Kahlo’s death in 1954, more than 6,500 personal photographs and items belonging to her and husband/artist Diego Rivera were sealed and put in storage. For more than half a century this great collection of personal memorabilia remained hidden from the public. In 2007 this collection was opened and Mexican photographer and curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio inventoried and catalogued 240 images to create the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition.

These images reveal a little-known side of the artist and lifelong resident of Coyoacán, a Mexico City suburb and Arlington, Virginia's sister city. The collection of photographs in this exhibition reflect Kahlo’s tastes and interests, the experiences she shared with those close to her, and her complicated, but also thrilling, personal life. Viewers get an insider’s look, not only through who was behind the camera, in front of the lens or the anonymous nature of some of the work but also through the annotated writing found on the back of many of the photographs.

From family pictures and snapshots taken with lovers, to images that reveal relationships with Russian Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky and American photographers Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, artist Georgia O’Keefe and actress Dolores del Rio, this exhibition provides a glimpse into Kahlo as never seen before.

This exhibition was organized by the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Museums. Its worldwide tour is managed by Terra Esplêndida.

Major Sponsorship by IGT.


Related Programs and Events

  • Frida Kahlo, in Person: Her Life and Photography, Performed by Megan Berner

    Friday September 13, 2013 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Reno photographer Megan Berner creates the character of Frida Kahlo through Chautauqua performance and interpretation of Kahlo’s photographs.

  • hands/ON! Dia de los Muertos

    Saturday October 12, 2013 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Enjoy a free day at the Museum and participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling.


    10 am - 4 pm | Mask Making - Redfield Learning Center
    10 am - 4 pm | Tissue Paper Flowers - Theater Lobby
    10:15-11:15 am | Documentary Film on Dia de los Muertos (60 min) - Theater
    10:30 & 11 am | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Altered Landscape Gallery
    1:00 pm | Danza Azteca Aztlan Cultural Presentation and Performance
    1:00 pm | Public Tour (adult focus) - 3rd Floor
    1:30 - 4:00 pm | Dia de los Muertos Face Painting with Edin Carpenter Makeup Artistry - Atrium
    2 & 3 pm | Documentary Film on Dia de los Muertos (60 min, repeats) - Theater
    2:30 & 3 pm | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Altered Landscape Gallery


    Support for hands/ON! is provided by the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, Leonette Foundation, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, and Western Nevada Supply. Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.

  • Cultural History in Frida Kahlo’s Mexico: Linda Curcio-Nagy

    Friday November 1, 2013 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Frida Kahlo’s Mexico was alive with vibrant developments in culture and art. Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with historian Linda Curcio-Nagy by learning about the cultural history of Mexico in the 1920s-50s.

  • Darrell Lockhart on Frida Kahlo and Twentieth Century Mexican Photography

    Friday November 22, 2013 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Frida Kahlo’s photographs were made in a time of great changes in ideas about photography in Mexico. Darrell Lockhart discusses these changes in style, content, and form in the growth of modernism in twentieth-century Mexican photography.

Guillermo Kahlo, Portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1932. Gelatin silver print. ©Banco de México Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo.

Her Photos