Visitors Wait in Line for Seven Hours to See Frida Kahlo Exhibition in Berlin

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Visitors Wait in Line for Seven Hours to See Frida Kahlo Exhibition in Berlin
Visitors wait in a over a hundred metres long line in front of the Martin-Gropius-Bau building to get access to the Frida Kahlo retrospective exhibition in Berlin, Germany. In spite of the long waiting time of several hours, the exhibition is a highlight for tourists and has so far attracted over 130,000 visitors. The exhbition will be on display until 09 August 2010. EPA/ROBERTSCHLESINGER.

BERLIN.- The exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) at the prestigious Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin has received thousands of visitors each day who have waited in line for up to seven hours to enter.

The exhibition, which closes on August 9, has broken records of visitors nearly every day since its opening in April, but in recent days, the lines are even longer and have a waiting period of four to seven hours.

Many people wait with sleeping bags to ensure entry to the largest retrospective of the Mexican artist ever presented in Germany, which only, in the first two months, received 130,000 visitors.

Once inside the museum, visitors have to wait one to two hours to access the exhibition halls. Given the huge crowd, the Gropius Bau decided to extend visiting hours until 22:00 hours.

The exhibition includes about 120 works, including paintings and drawings, including a series of photographs from family archives and close friends of Frida Kahlo, as well as excerpts from the diaries of the artist.

Frida Kahlo’s artistic development from the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) through Mexican Estridentism – an avant garde, interdisciplinary artistic movement that arose out of the Mexican Revolution – to Surrealism and her very own brand of realism, has been comprehensively presented. In addition to the famous paintings, works by Kahlo that are largely unknown or were believed to be lost are on show. A particular highlight is a collection of about 90 drawings, some previously unpublished, and her last works dating from 1954: The self-portrait in oils as a sunflower – a work previously believed to have been destroyed – and the self-portrait drawing are being presented in Europe for the first time. The drawings with surreal compositions reveal a hitherto undiscovered side of Frida Kahlo: her humour. These light-hearted and subtle verbal and visual puns at once conceal and express her thoughts.

Another section of the exhibition has been devoted to the small-format votive paintings which the artist executed in the Mexican ex voto style in the early 1930s. They express the artist’s yearnings for health, independence and fulfilment.

Martin Gropius Bau | Frida Kahlo Exhibition | Berlin |

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