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Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture

May 24th, 2018

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and all of the nights that I am away from you.”

Hair swept up, the signature eyebrows, and underneath them, her gaze: By documenting her own image and life, Frida Kahlo created an icon, as relevant today as during her own lifetime. Though self-portraits may be how most people first encounter Kahlo, the woman they portray is revered for much more than her art. The complexity of her thinking on feminism and politics, her body and her country, remains fresh. In these contexts, her universally recognizable face takes on many possible interpretations.

For years, Google Arts & Culture has been working in partnership with a network of museums and experts from all over the world to bring the many facets of Kahlo’s legacy together in one place. The result is Faces of Frida, online today and available for everyone to see. It is the largest collection of artworks and artifacts related to Frida Kahlo ever compiled.

The collection showcases some of her most celebrated work, while also shining a light on many artworks and artifacts that are rarely found on public display. These include several pieces from private collections that have never been available online, like “View of New York,” drawn as Kahlo gazed out the window of the Barbizon Plaza Hotel in 1932.

Visitors will also find early versions of several of Kahlo’s finest works, some of which are sketched on the back of finished paintings and as a result have mostly been hidden from the world, like the Sketch for Self-Portrait with Airplane.

Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
Learn more about iconic locations from Frida’s life. Use Street View to explore La Casa Azul (“The Blue House”), the place where Frida was born, lived, and took her final breath.
Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
Zoom in on the exquisite details of The Dreamnever before published online.
Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
Discover rough drafts history has kept hidden. Sketch for Self-Portrait with Airplane is an inverse portrait sketched on the back of the more famous Portrait of Virginia.
Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
Painting was cathartic for Kahlo. However, writing and keeping a diary also helped her to establish a relationship with herself, and to find a way of expressing her afflictions during the final 10 years of her life.
Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
Frida Kahlo’s open exploration of sexuality is part of her legacy. Read about how Frida inspires LGBTQ artists, in their own words.
Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
Uncover unfamiliar pieces by searching through Frida Kahlo’s artwork by color, using Google’s machine learning technology.
Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
See the finest details of Self-Portraitdedicated to Leon Trotsky, captured by Art Camera. Kahlo had an affair with Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, who briefly lived at her home. The letter reads, “To Leon Trotsky, with all my love, I dedicate this painting on 7th November 1937. Frida Kahlo in Saint Angel, Mexico”
Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
Frida Kahlo’s portrait https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/DwJSZqNen8EuKg

first appeared in Vogue in 1937. Explore the artist’s lasting impact on fashion in an exhibit developed by Conde Nast.

Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture
Learn more about one of art history’s most famous couples, through contributions from the archives of the Museo Estudio Diego Rivera.

The project brings together 33 partner museums from seven countries, over 800 artifacts, 20 ultra-high resolution images created using Art Camera, and five Street View tours of the places that made an impact on her career, including the “Blue House” where Kahlo was born, lived, and took her final breath. Thanks to an enhanced Street View experience, you can now take in the highlights on display at Frida Kahlo Museum or the “I Paint Myself” exhibition from your computer or phone—just tap on any artwork at the bottom of the screen to see how it looks on the wall and click through to learn about the artworks.

Faces of Frida: a digital retrospective on Google Arts & Culture

In addition to artworks, the collection also features hundreds of personal photographs, letters, journals, clothes—and even an original piece of art, created by one of the many young artists Kahlo continues to inspire. Guided by Kahlo’s great-niece, photographer Cristina Kahlo, artist Alexa Meade transformed Mexican musician Ely Guerra into a piece of “living art,” created specially for “Faces of Frida.”

Google Arts & Culture is free for everyone. We hope Frida Kahlo’s art inspires you, as it inspires creators to this day. Visit g.co/facesoffrida or download the app on either iOS or Android to learn more about the many faces of Frida.