Frida Kahlo exhibit wows Milan

Milan (Notimex) - An exhibition of Frida Kahlo paintings has broken attendance records in Milan's Mudec Museum of Cultures.

"Frida Kahlo: Oltre il mito" (Frida Kahlo: Beyond the myth) includes 70 paintings, 40 drawings and 150 objects such as photographs, letters and belongings.

"Kahlo has become a victim of exploitation of her image, which has taken the spotlight off her extraordinary ability to paint," said the exhibition's curator Diego Sileo.

The works are on loan from Mexico City's Dolores Olmedo museun; the Jacques and Natashs Gelman collection; the Phoenix Art Museum; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Buffalo Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Sileo added that most Kahlo exhibits focus on her dark family traumas, her stormy relationship with Diego River and her frustrated desire to be a mother.

But this exhibit shows a Kahlo that hides many secrets and tells her story through documents found in 2007 in her "Blue House" in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City.

"All of this shows people the deep coherence in her work, far beyond the apparent contradictions," Sileo said.

The exhibit is open until June 3 this year.

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