Frida Kahlo comes to life at the Botanical Garden


One year it’s whimsical, delicate blown glass, another it’s French poetry, this year it’s the work of a renowned Mexican painter. The New York Botanical Garden is committed to pairing art and plant life like this to remind its visitors that landscape deserves as much consideration as any painting or poem.

The focus of this year’s exhibition is iconic artist Frida Kahlo, who, according to the NYBG website, had a “keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork.”

The show — which will be on display for six months — features a display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, and reimagines the artist’s garden and studio at the Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City.

The garden has designed a series of events in which visitors can learn about Kahlo’s life and cultural influence through music, lectures, “Frida al Fresco” culinary evenings, Mexican-inspired shopping and dining experiences and hands-on art activities for kids.

A new mobile guide offers garden-goers an opportunity to see rare photos and footage, listen to expert commentary and even create their own Frida selfies to share with friends.

Where to see it:

The Frida Kahlo exhibit will be on display at the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., until Sunday, Nov. 1. For more information, visit or call 718.817.8779