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Google launches Frida Kahlo ‘digital retrospective’

/ 07:12 PM May 27, 2018

Image: Google Art & Culture via AFP Relaxnews

Google Arts & Culture has launched what it is calling the largest digital retrospective of Frida Kahlo to date, offering insights into the Mexican artist’s legacy for all to view.

The tech giant says it spent years working with museums and experts to create “Faces of Frida” which showcases some of her best-known work alongside artworks and artifacts that are rarely displayed publicly, many taken from private collections. Among them are “View of New York”, drawn from the window of the Barbizon Plaza Hotel in 1932.

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Visitors to the site will also find early versions of some of Kahlo’s finest works, some sketched on the back of finished paintings and thus heretofore hidden from the world, plus personal photographs, letters, journals and clothes. Street View tours allow visitors to examine places that had an impact on her career, such as her residence Casa Azul.

In all, 33 partner museums from seven countries, more than 800 artifacts, 20 ultra-high resolution images and five Street View tours can be found in the online exhibition. Visitors can also go inside the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico, taking in some of its highlights by clicking on works at the bottom of the page.

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“Faces of Frida” can be viewed through the Google Arts & Culture app. JB

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