A tour of Frida Kahlo’s house, Casa Azul (VIDEO).

A Revealing Video Tour of Frida Kahlo’s Childhood “Blue House”

A Revealing Video Tour of Frida Kahlo’s Childhood “Blue House”

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Aug. 12 2016 12:33 PM

Frida Kahlo’s Life in Objects

Inside Casa Azul’s Mexican Folk Art collection.

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Frida Kahlo’s home Casa Azul (“blue house”) is the dwelling where the artist was born, lived most of her life, and died. In this video, Christie’s takes viewers on a tour of the painter’s famous house, now the Frida Kahlo Museum.

Casa Azul was built by Kahlo’s father, Carl Wilhelm Kahlo, and is located in the Coyoacán borough of Mexico City. Although the house is known for its bold blue facade, according to Kahlo biographer Hayden Herrera, the inside is what really reflects Frida Kahlo.

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Objects were important to her. She took great pride in her Mexican identity (or, Mexicanidad) and meticulously decorated the house with objects of Mexican folk art—from skeleton figures to masks to pottery. Her collection, at its heart, shows the sympathy she had for the everyday people of Mexico. Herrera says that “Casa Azul is the essence of Mexicanidad.”

According to Herrera, whenever Kahlo’s friends would go on trips, she’d ask for a souvenir. Kahlo had many health problems and was frequently bedridden, and the objects in her house reflected a connection the outside world. In a sense, Kahlo’s curation of Casa Azul was a work of art in itself.