You don’t have to be an art aficionado to recognize the iconic works created by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Sure you can identify her bushy eyebrows, but do you know anything else about her story? From her artistic talents to the challenges she overcame, she continues to be an inspiring maven not just for her time, but for generations to come.
We woke up early to go tour the famed “La Casa Azul.” It was at the top of our itinerary and once we arrived at this beautiful home with royal blue hues, the line to enter the museum was already about 30 people deep. Our Uber dropped us off an hour before open hours, so who knows what time people started lining up?
Even though we thought we were going to be able to avoid standing in line, the wait wasn’t too bad. The gorgeous trees of the Coyoacán District of Mexico City kept us cool as vendors walked by selling everything from Frida shirts to seasoned crickets.
Once we walked into the first room of the museum we were already enthralled by the symbolism of Frida’s pieces. With our headphones perched on top of our heads we made our rounds, soaking in as much information as we could possibly muster.
Though Frida was said to be a joyous person who was always the life of any of her dinner parties, she prevailed through some pretty dark days. She suffered from polio, had a tangled relationship with her husband, artist Diego Rivera… and she battled with infertility. You can get a deeper understanding of some of these hardships by really analyzing Frida’s artwork.
Walking through Frida and Diego’s home was beautiful, yet eery. Their kitchen, bright yellow with traditional Mexican cookware represented their love for entertaining guests. Frida’s study and art studio was so mesmerizing it seemed absolutely untouched.
La Casa Azul was where Frida took her first and last breath. The grounds are immaculate, lush and green, the perfect contrast to the deep-blue walls of the home. Even though the museum was packed, we felt like we were the only ones there.
If you are traveling to Mexico City, you can’t miss the chance to tour La Casa Azul. Don’t let the long line deter you, the inside is completely worth it. To say that Frida was ahead of her time is an understatement. She was active in politics, had an-open relationship with Diego Rivera, created provocative pieces that evoked criticism and praise… and of course, was the OG queen of selfies and “on-fleek” eyebrows.
Tips for Visiting La Casa Azul
- Arrive before open-hours and purchase your ticket ahead of time. There is a separate line for ticket holders and it moves quickly.
- Pay the extra $5 for the audio headphones. We would have been really disappointed if we didn’t get all the juicy details form our audio headset.
- Pay the extra couple of dollars to take your own pictures inside the museum.
- Put aside at least 2 hours so you can really take your time walking through and examining each and every room.
Who needs feet when I’ve got wings to fly? -Frida Kahlo