Temporary Exhibition Frida Kahlo March 20 to August 31 2014

The Scuderie del Quirinale is to host a magnificent exhibition on the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a symbol of the artistic avant-garde and of the exuberance of Mexican culture in the 20th century.

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The Scuderie del Quirinale is to host a magnificent exhibition on the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a symbol of the artistic avant-garde and of the exuberance of Mexican culture in the 20th century.


Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio, 16

EXHIBITION DATES: March 20, 2014 - August 31, 2014

Opening Hours:
  • Sundays to Thursdays: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00am – 10:30pm
  • Cashier closes 1 hour before closing time.

Maximum 6 people for individual bookings. Groups from 7 to 25 people are required to book the whole entrance slot and pay for it (€ 30.00).

Accessibility: The Scuderie del Quirinale museum is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. Wheelchairs are available upon request.

Visitor Regulation:

  • Visitors must hand in all large bags and backpacks, helmets, umbrellas, and pointed or blunt instruments of any kind at the cloakroom before commencing their visit. The decision as to whether an object is too large or too dangerous, and thus likely to jeopardize the security of the exhibits and/or of other visitors, rests exclusively with the Scuderie del Quirinale staff;
  • Visitors may use their mobile phones to consult applications during their visit to the exhibition, but if they do so, they must make sure that all sound is turned off so as to avoid disturbing other visitors. No electronic devices may be used for making phone calls, taking photographs or recording video footage;
  • Visitors may not bring pets or animals of any kind into the exhibition;
  • Visitors may move freely about the building, its exhibition halls and its commercial facilities, taking care not to disturb or endanger exhibits and/or other visitors, and to avoid obstructing passageways or others' freedom of movement;
  • Visitors may freely enjoy the exhibition halls but they should take care to stay at least one meter away from the exhibits and to avoid touching display cases and any other parts of the exhibition decor;
  • When taking notes and/or drawing in the exhibition halls, visitors should avoid the use of fountain pens and felt-tip pens;
  • No food or drink may be consumed inside the exhibition halls or associated areas. Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the building;
  • Visitors requiring to photograph or to film the exhibits, or to engage in any form of journalism, must apply to the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo management beforehand for authorization

IMPORTANT: One business day after completing your request, you will receive your confirmation email, containing a link you must visit to print your voucher. Voucher must be shown at the entrance of the exhibition to pick up reserved tickets – please remember the exhibition staff will not accept other documents for ticket pick up.

Cancellation Policy:

For cancellations once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

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How to get there

By bus
40-60-64-70-117-170-H; get off at Nazionale/Quirinale stops

By subway

  • line A (get off at Piazza della Repubblica stop)
  • line B (get off at Cavour stop)

From the train station (Stazione Termini)
From Piazza dei Cinquecento (in front of station), take bus 40 (towards Piazza Pia/Castel S. Angelo) for 2 stops and get off at Nazionale/Quirinale; walk 100 meters to the Scuderie del Quirinale

From Fiumicino airport (Leonardo da Vinci)
Take the train to Termini (it leaves every 30 minutes) and then follow directions above.

Temporary Exhibition: Frida Kahlo. March 20 to July 13, 2014

Meet the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) at the grand exhibition spaces of the Scuderie del Quirinale (also Quirinal Stables, or Papal Stables). A symbol of the artistic avant-garde and of the exuberance of Mexican culture, Frida Kahlo remains one of the most inspiring woman artists of the 20th century.

There can be no doubt that the legend which has grown around the life and work of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) has now reached global proportions. Unquestioned icon of 20th century Mexican culture and the seductive subject of a Hollywood movie, Frida Kahlo's contribution to contemporary culture comprises one of the most inextricable tangles of art and life of the whole of the 20th century. Yet her paintings do not merely mirror her life, which was severely marked by the physical and psychological injuries that she suffered in the terrible accident in which she was involved at the age of seventeen. Her art is fused with the history and spirit of her contemporary world, reflecting the social and cultural transformations that led up to the Mexican Revolution and ensued in its wake.

It was Frida's revolutionary spirit that prompted her to reassess the country's native past and traditions, which she considered to be irrepressible, generating an unprecedented fusion between self-expression and the language, the imagination, the colours and the symbols of Mexican popular culture. At the same time, Frida is a true representative of the artistic avant-garde and the cultural exuberance of her time, and a study of her work allows us to intercept the trajectories of all the most important international cultural movements that criss-crossed the Mexico of her day, from Revolutionary Pauperism to Stridentism and from Surrealism to what was become known decades laters as Magical Realism.

The exhibition sets out to gather around a corpus of her work a selection of absolute masterpieces from major collections, key works belonging to other public and private collections in Mexico, the United States, and Europe. The project is completed by a selection of photographs portraying the artist, including those take by Nickolas Murray in the 1940s, a crucial and intriguing complement to Frida Kahlo's art in terms of her iconographic codification.

The exhibition sets out to present and explore the development of Frida Kahlo's artistic career from beginnings that still owe a debt to New Objectivity and to Magical Realism to her revival of traditional and ancestral art, and from the echos of American Realism in the 1920s and '30s (Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, Georgia O'Keefe) to the ideological and political aspects inspired by Mexican muralism (Rivera, Orozco). And yet, the predominant theme in the exhibition is self-depiction, both in terms of the numerically important role that the "self-portrait" genre plays in her overall output and, above all, in terms of the unique significance that it has acquired in the transmission of the iconographical, psychological, and cultural values that have shaped the "legend of Frida".

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