¡Viva El Dia De Los Muertos!
Celebrating the Day of the Dead at Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico City
1 Nov 2012
No Day of the Dead in Mexico is complete without a Catrina– the grand dame of Death. A calaca, or calavera is an opulently and elegantly dressed icon of death, ususally beaming with a smile of satisfaction from the Beyond.
To commemorate this day and in anticipation of The Third Eye’s imminent return to Mexico, we metaphorically wander through Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul – a home in which Frida was born, lived and took her last breath. The house honors the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead in a courtyard space, with some Frida-inspired Catrinas.
One of the most powerful and poetic Latin American artists, Frida Kahlo filled her home with an elaborate extravaganza of color, folk art, and pre-Hispanic pieces, living with Mexican artist and soul mate Diego Riviera on these grounds. Today, her home has become a museum, with the interior still virtually intact, filled with Frida’s artworks, painted casts and easels still hanging around. No doubt her spirit lives on!
Viva la Vida!
Frida Kahlo Museum, Casa Azul, Londres 247, Col. del Carmen, Coyoacán, Mexico City.
Photography and text by Sophie Pinchetti