Frida Kahlo in Bologna
Now on display at Palazzo Albergati in Bologna until March 27, there is an incredible Frida Kahlo exhibit. Tickets cost 14 euro and the museum is opened from 10-8 every day. If you take the fast train and are a Cartefreccia holder you can get 2 x 1.
The paintings are from the Gelman collection, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Zahalkaha, eastern European immigrants who met and married in Mexico City. In 1943, Jacques commissioned Diego Rivera to do a portrait of Natasha which led to a long relationship and a tremendous collection.
There are works from Diego Rivera and some of his contemporaries of 1943 and over thirty works from Frida Kahlo. There are real films of Frida and Diego together and other films telling the tragic story of Frida’s life. There are also some of her clothes and jewelry on display which I found fascinating.
It is a true joy to see this exhibit. An audioguide is included in the entrance price and it is well done and leads you through the exhibit like a magical journey. This is truly one of the best exhibits I have seen in a long time. Bologna can be reached from Florence in only half an hour on the train. It’s a wonderful day excursion. You can get more information from the museum’s website here.