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Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

October 10, 2016 @ 8:30 am - May 31, 2017 @ 4:30 pm


Thank you for visiting and for your interest in the Tucson Botanical Gardens! Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life has concluded, but we invite you to visit our newest exhibit, Origami in the Garden 2.

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October 10th, 2016 – May 31st, 2017

Included with Gardens Admission

Tucson Botanical Gardens is honored to host the New York Botanical Garden’s blockbuster exhibit: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. This exhibit examines Kahlo’s work, life and influence through the lens of the plants and nature that surrounded her.  Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden.



The centerpiece of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is the recreation of the gardens that Frida Kahlo maintained in her home in Mexico City: La Casa Azul.  Great care was taken to present the plants, colors and forms that were such an important source of inspiration to Kahlo.  Included in the installation is the Meso-American-inspired pyramid that Diego Rivera built in the central courtyard of Casa Azul.  This replica is used to showcase a diverse collection of cacti and succulents native to the deserts of Mexico and the Southwestern United States.


Also included in the exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life:

_dsc9377Poetry Walk:  A series of placards thoughtfully placed throughout the Gardens that presents the poetry of Octavio Paz, a Kahlo contemporary, in Spanish and English.

“The Two Fridas:”  Celebrated Mexican artist Humberto Spindola was commissioned to re-create ‘The Two Fridas,’ Kahlo’s double self-portrait, in the Aztec tradition of amate paper art.  This spectacular, original work of art will be on display in the Gardens’ Legacy Gallery.

Mexican Plant Tour:  A self-guided stroll through the Gardens that focuses on the native flora that would have been a part of Frida Kahlo’s surroundings in Central Mexico.

Frida for Children:  Family-friendly activities that present Frida Kahlo’s life and work in a way to spark the imagination of visitors of all ages.  There is a Puppet Theater and a kid-sized replica of Frida’s Kitchen.  Both are hands-on opportunities to explore the connections between art, creativity and the natural world.



casa-azul-pyramid-nybg-300x200The New York Botanical Garden’s staff worked for years to create Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life—the first exhibit ever to focus on Kahlo’s engagement with nature, revealing her intense interest, aesthetic appreciation and deep knowledge of the natural world, especially Mexico’s plant life.



Their amazing team of 200 staff members, including 80 Ph.D. scientists, provided only part of the group of experts involved in the process.  Additional experts came from further afield including Tony Award-winning Broadway stage designer Scott Pask.  In preparation of his work to recreate features of the brilliant home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Pask traveled to La Casa Azul, Frida’s childhood home in Mexico City. Pask is a University of Arizona alumnus and part-time resident of Tucson.


Tucson Botanical Gardens will present Tours, Lectures and other events throughout the duration of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.

Featured exhibits and events are:

  • frida with magenta rebozoFrida: Portraits by Nikolas Muray  Tucson Botanical Gardens and Etherton Gallery, as part of the blockbuster exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, are collaborating to bring the photography show Frida: Portraits by Nickolas Muray, to the Porter Hall Gallery.  Frida: Portraits by Nickolas Muray, features vivid color photographs of Mexico’s most famous painter.  Made between 1931 and 1941, the portraits offer a colorful and intimate glimpse into the life of the legendary artist.  Find out more…



  • frida-museumFrida Fridays  The Gardens will remain open on Fridays and offer an opportunity to see the the exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life in the dramatic light of the evening.  Cafe Botanica will remain open and offer a three course dinner that reflects the flavors of Kahlo’s Mexico City.  Every Friday night! Find out more…


This exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.  Other major support provided by Pima Community College, the Mexican Consulate of Tucson, Tucson Water and Cox Communications.

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October 10, 2016 @ 8:30 am
May 31, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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