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December 13th, 2007
Frida Kahlo Fact Sheet


In Brief

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only East Coast venue for Frida Kahlo, the first major exhibition in 15 years to be devoted to the immensely influential Mexican artist in the United States. Including more than 40 paintings, among them works not previously exhibited or seen before in the U.S, it is drawn from more than 30 collections in Mexico, France, Japan, and the U.S. Generally small in scale, Kahlo’s distinctive, jewel-like works are often filled with powerful personal symbolism. The artist drew from many sources, including Italian Renaissance and German Neue Sachlichkeit painting, and a range of Mexican art. Over 100 photographs from Kahlo’s personal collection complement the paintings in Frida Kahlo. These include images by preeminent photographers and personal images of Kahlo with family and friends, including her husband, Diego Rivera and such cultural and political figures as Leon Trotsky and Surrealist André Breton. The exhibition is organized by the Walker Art Center in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It is accompanied by a richly-illustrated 320-page catalogue. A stimulating series of public programs is scheduled to coincide with the exhibition.


Exhibition Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last ticket 3:30 p.m.)
Friday, 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m. (last ticket 7:30 p.m.)


Ticket Information

Adults: $20
Seniors/Students/Youth 13-18: $17
Children, 5-12: $10
Children under 5: Free
Members: Free

For tickets, call 215-235-SHOW (7469) or visit the website.
Tickets include a complimentary audio tour. Tickets also include general admission. A handling fee applies for tickets purchased via the ticket center or online.

Frida Kahlo exhibition gift certificates are available ($23, includes handling fee). Each is redeemable for a ticket on a specific date and time by the recipient.

Hotel Packages

The Museum will partner with some of the city’s fine hotels to offer packages that include preferred admission to the exhibition. Hotels include Best Western Center City Hotel; Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown; Doubletree Philadelphia; Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City; Four Seasons Hotel; Latham Hotel; Loews Philadelphia Hotel; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown; Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel; The Ritz Carleton, Philadelphia and The Westin Philadelphia.



Group Packages

Special packages are available, including private guided tours and partnerships with other cultural organizations and fine restaurants around Philadelphia Visitor inquiries: 215-684-7863 or visit the Museum’s website.



Amtrak Discount

Visitors to Frida Kahlo can save 20% off the best available rail fare for one regular (full) adult ticket purchase on Amtrak travel to Philadelphia on Northeast Corridor Regional Trains. Visit www.amtrak.com or call (800) USA-RAIL and refer to code V865. Reservations must be made at least three (3) days in advance of travel. Limited availability (not available on all trains at all times). Blackout dates and other restrictions apply.



Organization

The exhibition is organized by The Walker Art Center in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The curators for the exhibition are Kahlo scholar and biographer Hayden Herrera, and the Walker’s associate curator, Elizabeth Carpenter.



Sponsorship

The national tour is made possible by Bank of America and Fundación Televisa. Major support for the national tour is provided by Margaret and Angus Wurtele and the Fundación/Colección Jumex. Additional support is provided by Craig Baker. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the U.S. Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) and the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), Mexico. In Philadelphia, the exhibition is also made possible by Aetna. Additional support is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions, The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and by Frida's Friends, a group of generous individuals. Promotional support provided by NBC 10 WCAU and Amtrak.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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