Mexican artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo's influential paintings, self-portraits and artefacts – as well as sketches hidden on the back of her early finished paintings – will be available in the first and largest online collection of her works.
Google Arts & Culture worked with 33 museums across the globe and experts to bring together over 800 artefacts, 20 high-res images created (so you can zoom in on details of paintings, as seen in the image below), and five Street View tours of the places that made an impact on Frida’s career – including the Blue House where Frida was born and eventually died.
Frida's legacy can explored through the impressively extensive Faces of Frida website or through the Google Arts & Culture app from today. The digital collection includes close analysis of who Frida Kahlo was, her politics, her relationship with her body and online exhibitions of her paintings and self portraits, so you can learn about Frida in a way you never could when her work was spread out across international museums and galleries.
While showcasing her famous self-portrait paintings and works inspired by the nature and artefacts of Mexico, the collection includes work rarely on public display. It includes several pieces from private collections such as View of New York – drawn as Frida gazed out the window of the Barbizon Plaza Hotel in 1932.
Sketches found on the back of finished paintings, and therefore often unseen by most of the world, will be included as well, such as the Sketch for Self-Portrait with Airplane.
Visitors to the website will also be able to see the highlights on display at the Frida Kahlo Museum with Google’s Street View experience, or see the I Paint Myself exhibition from either a desktop or smartphone, simply by tapping any artwork at the bottom of the screen to see how it looks on the wall. You can also click through to learn more about the artworks.
The collection also features hundreds of personal photographs, letters, journals, clothes and even an original piece of art. 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 (seen below).
Artworks by Frida Kahlo: © 2018 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. 5 de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06000, Mexico, City. Reproducción autorizada por el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura, 201