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Los dos bodegones que aparecen en la muestra fueron pintados por la artista un par de años antes de su muerte. Photo: DMA.
The two still lives in the exhibition were painted by the artist a couple of years before her death. Photo: DMA. 

The five hidden gems of Frida Kahlo now in Texas

Starting March 7, the Dallas Museum of Art will be hosting Frida Kahlo: Five Works, an exhibition of unusual drawings and paintings by the Mexican artist.

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Having become a cultural icon both for her surrealist works charged with pain and intensity and for a very public private life recreated on a thousand and one occasions in films and works of fiction, Frida Kahlo is one of the artists best known to the general public and has been wielded more than once as a feminist symbol. 

But what do we really know about her? Do we know her works in-depth or only those we wear on T-shirts, posters, or badges with repeated phrases such as "Fall in love with yourself, with life, and then with whoever you want"?

Starting on March 7, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in Texas will be showing the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Five Works, which includes not only four paintings by the artist, but also a drawing made over a period of 19 years.

The particular drawing was created with pencil by the artist in 1932, and shows New York City as seen through a hotel window.

The other works are a portrait of Kahlo with her husband and muralist, Diego Rivera, Sun and Life, an allegorical representation of the cycle of life, and two still lives painted by the artist three years before her death — Frida died prematurely at the age of 47.

According to the curator of the exhibition, Mark. A. Castro, the intention of the show is to introduce the public to other, less popular works by the Mexican artist that reveal lesser-known facets of her life. 

"I think what brings these five works together is really an approach to looking at them as: what does this tell us about how Kahlo paints and makes work? What does it tell us about the kinds of things she was interested in? It also tells us something about the moment in her life or what was going on at the time," Castro said.

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