La Casa Azul – Frida Kahlo Museum

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. As such, there are many cultural and historical places of interest to visit that are scattered throughout the boroughs of the city. One such borough is Coyoacán. Coyoacán is often pictorially represented by two coyotes on street signs, metros, and other public spaces.

Fountain in Coyoacán Plaza
Fountain located in the plaza center of Coyoacán. Photo by Angela Grier

Coyoacán is well-known all over the world, primarily because it was the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I will discuss the Museum of Diego Rivera in another post, but in this one, I will walk you through the Museum of Frida Kahlo, La Casa Azul.

Casa Azul (Blue House) - Frida Kahlo Museum
The Blue House is a vibrant blue color. Photo by Angela Grier

La Casa Azul, The Blue House, is one of the most visited museums in Mexico. It is so popular, in fact, you must reserve your tickets online, well in advance of your visit to the museum. Because of the COVID-19 precautions, fewer people are allowed into the museum during each time slot. If coordinating that does not sound appealing, there are tour companies that will purchase tickets for you and transport you to the museum from your hotel.

Museo Frida Kahlo. Photo by Angela Grier

My family and I used a tour company to coordinate our trip to Coyoacán. Once we arrived at The Blue House, we waited in line with our tickets along with everyone else who had purchased tickets during that time slot. As we wandered from room to room inside the house, we had to follow COVID-19 protocols and maintain distance from others and keep our masks on at all times.

Frida and Diego lived in this house 1929-1954. Photo by Angela Grier

La Casa Azul is a beautiful museum. It is a marvelous memorial to a talented woman whose pain and trauma reflected in her artwork and resonated with people all over the world. Her life was so vibrant and filled with love and pain and the museum has captured some of that in their exhibits.

This may be the most famous portrait of Frida Kahlo, on display in the Museum of Frida Kahlo. Photo by Angela Grier

The exhibit starts with collections of artwork by Frida Kahlo, ranging from sketches, paintings, self-portraits, and photography to scribbles on scraps of paper. Some of Diego Rivera’s artwork is also there, but the rooms are dominated by Frida.

After you wander through the rooms of artwork, you enter the dining room. At this point in the museum, you can see the artwork and sculptures collected by Frida and Diego for their home. As you wander from the dining room, to Diego’s bedroom, and from the colorful kitchen up into the studio, you can see that their home is filled with color and light. Paintings and sculptures fill the spaces on walls and tables throughout. Diego, in particular, collected artifacts from older Mexican civilizations. Most of what he collected is found in his museum although there are many pieces displayed throughout The Blue House.

In the studio, you can not only see Frida’s art studio, but also several bookshelves filled with books in both Spanish and English, covering a wide variety of subjects – art, literature, poetry, politics, science, etc. Off of the art studio was Frida’s daytime bedroom. Located on the canopy above the bed, is the mirror that she used when she painted self portraits. Next to her daytime bedroom is her nighttime bedroom, which is where her ashes are currently located, according to our tour guide, in an urn shaped like a frog. From the daytime bedroom, there is an outside door and staircase leading down into the gardens and patio area.

The museum created a separate exhibit on the other side of the gardens where Frida Kahlo’s iconic dresses and accessories are on display. In addition to her dresses, the museum has also displayed the corsets she used in order to hold her body together when it started to fail her. This exhibit helps to drive home the amount of pain she was in, especially near the end of her life, and the lengths she went to in order to hide that from public view by dressing in beautifully crafted dresses, jewelry, and hair styles.

This museum is a beautiful testament to the life, memory, and body of work created by Frida Kahlo during her too short life. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who has any interest in learning more about Frida Kahlo and/or Diego Rivera. Frida Kahlo’s influence is constantly seen and reinterpreted throughout Mexico. Anywhere you travel in Mexico, Frida’s face can often be found on t-shirts, backpacks, purses, blankets, dolls, paintings, etc., in markets, shops, and restaurants. Her lasting memory permeates modern Mexican culture. Because of this, I highly recommend that foreign visitors learn about who Frida Kahlo was and what she did.

Published by Angela.Grier

I'm a wife of an engineer and a mom of two elementary-aged children, a boy and a girl. I was a fisheries biologist for several years, a stay-at-home mom for three years, then a middle school science teacher for three years. I currently live in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico with my family. I have a WIDE variety of interests, too many according to my husband. I quilt, crochet, knit, scrapbook. I sometimes play piano when I need peaceful moments. I love to cook, especially anything containing eggs (someday I need to raise chickens in order to feed my egg addiction). I read voraciously, books of all genres from Stephen King to Robert Jordan, Libba Bray to Edward Robertson, Grace Burrowes to Kim Harrison. I like to run, especially in races (I'm only a little competitive). I love to fish, camp, and hike wherever there are wild spaces. And if there were more hours in the day, I'd probably fill those extra hours learning a new skill or revisiting the ones I did not include in this list because it's been so long since I last did them.

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