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Artistic nature of Frida Kahlo coming to Tucson Botanical Gardens

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The life of world-renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo will be on on display in an exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens starting Monday.

Kahlo, famous for her self-portrait paintings, also had a deep appreciation for nature, as seen in La Casa Azul, her home in Mexico City where she was born, lived and died.

The exhibit titled, “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” was designed by Scott Pask, an award-winning stage designer, who graduated from the University of Arizona.

The original exhibit comes from the New York Botanical Garden, where last year, it brought in more than 500,000 visitors.

The exhibit is modeled after La Casa Azul, Kahlo’s blue house in Mexico City, which today serves as a popular tourist attraction.

Tucson Botanical Gardens staff have been working around the clock, assembling the five-acre exhibit in time for its debut.

The exhibit is filled with a sea of Marigolds, cacti and a scaled-down version of a pyramid, similar to the one at Kahlo’s house.

Michelle Conklin, Tucson Botanical Gardens executive director, said it showcases the life story of a woman who demonstrated a fondness for nature in an artistic way.

“Her artwork in itself really displays the emotions that she felt, and I think very relatable to a lot of people in so many different ways and the way she used art and nature to inspire. Her artwork is really what this exhibit celebrates.”

Conklin said the Tucson Botanical Gardens was the only institution chosen to display the Frida Kahlo exhibition.

There’ll be poetry walks, plant tours and opportunities to try cuisine inspired by Kahlo’s personal cookbook.

Conklin anticipates a massive turnout for the exhibit’s eight-month run.

“We are hearing from people from all over the world and all over the country that are going to fly in to see this exhibit and our garden. In particular, we are just thrilled to be able to pull this together and our whole team and the whole community has actually pulled together to make this happen."

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