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Frida Kahlo Dolls Create Controversy
Frida Kahlo (1939), photo by Nickolas Muray.
MEXICO CITY.-A Mexican company has announced it will create a Frida Kahlo doll. The dolls will have heavy dark eyebrows, like the artist and will wear the traditional Mexican costumes favored by Kahlo. Some have art critics have said the name of Frida Kahlo is being exploited for personal gain. Frida’s family states, on the other hand, that they will promote Mexican culture.

Mara de Anda, granddaughter of Frida Kahlo’s niece, stated, “We know there are people who will not like it and they are within their rights to think what they want. We are looking after Frida's image."

The 20-inch Kahlo doll will be available in Canada, as well as Mexico, the United States, Germany, France and Spain.

Kahlo began painting after a serious traffic accident in her late teens led to frequent hospital visits and surgery. Her complex works combine profoundly personal subject matter with references to medical and anatomical imagery as well as Aztec, Colonial, and Mexican popular and folkloric arts and crafts. Broadly chronological in form, the exhibition will examine how Kahlo exploited the history and traditions of painting including still life, portraiture, narrative and religious paintings and subverted these for her own ends, infusing them with powerful political insight, humour and candid self-analysis.

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