The cobalt-blue-and-brick-red residence where now-legendary Mexican visual artist Frida Kahlo grew up—and at times lived with husband Diego Rivera—is one of the city’s most consistently packed attractions; buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended. That said, the visit is essentially (and justifiably) mandatory and offers fascinating glimpses into this extraordinary woman’s life and work. In addition to holding some of her paintings, the house also functions as a showcase for her library, astounding wardrobe, and collection of pre-Columbian artifacts; it additionally bears witness to her close association with left-wing politics. What’s more, the museum portrays the artist’s struggles with depression, marital infidelities, disability, and illness. The house’s garden—home to a modest café and mostly bashful felines—makes for a great breather before more strolling in the Coyoacán neighborhood.
Visit the Home Where Frida (and Diego) Lived
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were Mexican artists known internationally for their powerful work (Frida, self-referential paintings, often about the suffering she experienced after a devastating accident; Diego, massive murals, often political in tone), as well as their stormy relationship. La Casa Azul, the house where they lived for nearly three decades and which is now a museum, feels suffused with their spirits, and fans of their work or those with an insatiable interest in their lives won’t want to miss this museum. Highlights include the kitchen with its incredible mosaic work, a light-suffused studio where the artists’ books line the walls, and Frida’s bed, depicted in several paintings. A spacious garden makes for pleasant contemplation after the house visit, and a gift shop and café round out the La Casa Azul experience. Be sure to allow time to explore the neighborhood before or after your visit to La Casa Azul; it’s a picturesque residential zone filled with walls abloom with riots of colorful bougainvillea.
La Casa Azul
This museum in Coyoacan is well worth a visit. In addition to being a beautiful property, the artist’s former home gives you a great perspective on the life of Frida Kahlo, from her art, to her clothes, to her politics, to her relationships. It was most fascinating to get a glimpse into how she dealt with all her physical problems.
The Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan
You can’t go to Mexico City and not know who Frida Kahlo is. My friend suggested I read up on her before she comes up in conversation. Locals are very proud of their talented artist, Frida Kahlo. I didn’t make it inside because there was a long line (shh... don’t tell), but I did take some great photos of the outside of the museum and now have a reason to return to Mexico City.
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