Friday, June 5, 2015


Press Release

10 June - 7 September 2015

Nickolas Muray, Frida and Diego, Coyoacán


TORONTO - Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray comprises 50 photographic portraits of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo taken by Hungarian-born photographer Nickolas Muray between 1937 and 1946, capturing the exceptional breadth of Kahlo’s persona from the photographer’s unique perspective as her friend and intimate confidant. The exhibition includes pioneering colour images whose lush, saturated colours highlight the elaborate wardrobe that was an intrinsic part of Kahlo’s identity during the 1930s and 40s, when political idealism and national fervor were at their height among her circle of urban intellectuals.

In many of Muray’s photographs, Kahlo poses in traditional Mexican dress – ornate garments that reflect the influence of her personal heritage. Demonstrating the significance of Mexican costume and their histories to Kahlo’s self-identity and self-portraiture, the photographs in this exhibition are complemented by vibrant textiles from the Museum's collection of traditional Mexican dress that correspond to Frida Kahlo’s own collection in both provenance and style.

Nickolas Muray, Frida with her pet eagle, Coyoacán (1939) Click to enlarge

Today, Frida Kahlo remains one of the most revolutionary and influential women in modern culture. Her penchant for distinctive garments and accessories defined her flamboyant look. The Textile Museum’s collection of Mexican shawls, blouses, bags and skirts accentuates her refined appreciation of regional costume and textiles, as well as her understanding of how personal style can entail profound artistic expression. Like her paintings, her legendary wardrobe was emblematic of her creative imagination. A unique documentary record, the iconic images bridge art and fashion, photography and portraiture, revealing not only Muray’s great artistry but also Kahlo’s extraordinary character.

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray is organized through the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives and circulated by Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions.

Opening Reception: Wednesday June 10, 6:30 - 8pm. Everyone Welcome.

Nickolas Muray, Frida, Coyoacan (1938)


The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Museum’s permanent collection spans nearly 2,000 years and consists of more than 13,000 artifacts. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC has been recognized the world over for innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.
The Textile Museum of Canada is a non-profit cultural and educational institution that focuses on the exhibition, collection, conservation, research and dissemination of the materials and values of everyday life, including archaeological, traditional, innovative and experimental methods and practices.
Open seven days a week, the TMC is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, steps from the St. Patrick subway station and just a few blocks from Toronto City Hall and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Nickolas Muray, Frida, New York (1946) - All photos courtesy of TMC

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