HELP CAT showcases works by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

HELP CAT showcases works by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

In the manner of continually essaying a lively cultural scene on campus, HELP CAT organised a two-month exhibition of works by the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy in Malaysia.

Alone among private institutions of higher learning, HELP CAT has collaborated with numerous embassies and cultural agencies to evolve into a strong centre of culture with exhibitions, film screenings, exotic culinary sessions and language learning that enrich the life of the local community and diversify the learning experience of its students.

The Artist

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was inspired by Mexican popular culture. She employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. Her work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions.

Frida Kahlo is best known for her self-portraits which give intimate testimony to her years of physical and emotional pain, as well as her strength and acceptance.

Frida Kahlo in 1932
Frida Kahlo in 1932, photographed by her father Guillermo Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo first met future husband Diego Rivera in 1922 as an art student seeking advice on her career. She was an ardent admirer of his work.
Frida Kahlo first met future husband Diego Rivera in 1922 as an art student seeking advice on her career. She was an ardent admirer of his work.
Self-portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940. The lyrics at the top read ‘Look, if I loved you, it was because of your hair. Now that you are without hair, I don’t love you anymore’.
Self-portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940. The lyrics at the top read ‘Look, if I loved you, it was because of your hair. Now that you are without hair, I don’t love you anymore’.
Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait with Bonito
Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait with Bonito
Frida Kahlo Deer Painting
Frida Kahlo Deer Painting