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Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo) is at Calle Londres #247 (at the corner of Allende), 5 blks. n. of Plaza Hidalgo (M: Coyoacán, line 3). This adobe house was the celebrated Latin American painter's lifelong residence; from 1929 until her death in 1954 she shared it with her husband Diego Rivera, Mexico's equally celebrated muralist. Through their tempestuous relationship Rivera and Kahlo forged the nucleus of contemporary Mexican art.

“Casa Azul” is an explosion of color, not the least of which is the cobalt-blue, red-trimmed exterior. Personal possessions include the four-poster bed in which Kahlo was born and died. Calaveras (papier-mâché skeletons) and carved death masks are reminders of the physical suffering that plagued Kahlo's everyday life and provided the fuel for her creativity. Works on display by this self-taught artist include some surrealistic self-portraits.

A spacious studio contains the artist's wheelchair, paintbrushes and an easel on which rests an unfinished portrait of Joseph Stalin. Wooden spoons and ceramic jugs and bowls fill the kitchen. Be sure to stroll through the garden, full of luxuriant vegetation, sculptures, pre-Hispanic pottery and descendants of Kahlo's beloved cats. The surrounding neighborhood, with its bookstores and coffee shops, has a bohemian air well suited to this iconoclastic figure.

Guided tours are available. Food is available.

Admission Tues.-Fri. 120 pesos (about $6.60 U.S.); admission Sat.-Sun. 140 pesos. Photography fee 60 pesos.
Tues. and Thurs.-Sun. 10-5:30, Wed. 11-5:30. Closed Mexican holidays.
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