Casas of Diego Rivera & Frieda Kahlo

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Diego had a pair of house designed in the "Modern" style by Juan O'Gorman, circa 1928. The houses are famous for being a "his & hers" pair, connected by a bridge at the rooftop level. They are also famous for the cacus fence that Diego had planted.
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Frida's house was smaller, and painted blue. Diego's house was painted red and featured a large studio with great northern light.
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Massive concrete buildings stay cool in the blazing midday sun... Frida's house only had access to the rooftop and the bridge via outside stairs that led directly from her bedroom window.
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Diego's study, with a socialist political journal still open on his desk. A short hallway leads from the study to a mezzanine overlooking the studio.
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The studio is filled with giant paper mache figures used in Mexico's Day of the Day festivals. All concrete post & beam construction, with concrete and brick floors cast in place, now sagging a trifle.
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The street in front, now named after Diego, leads though the quiet plant-filled neighborhood of San Angel.
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A short taxi ride to the adjacent suburb of Coyoacan takes you to the neighorhood of Frida's family home, the Casa Azul.
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Casa Azul is actually more a "compound" than a "house". Now it is a museum of Frida's art and life. More paper mache Day of the Dead figures greet visitors in the entrance hallway.
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Frida even had a miniture Aztec pyramid built in the courtyard of Casa Azul. Pre-Columbian artifacts decorate the walls of the buildings inside the courtyard.
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A small cafe affords a quiet shady place for visitors to rest their aching tourist-feet.
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Traditionally, these "Judas" characters are made to resemble authority figures like police and judges, and are filled with fireworks and exploded into a cloud of paper scraps and smoke. In between feuds and fallings-out, Diego and Frida did live here together for a number of years.
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The bright primary colors at first seem garish, but mingled with the bright Mexican sun and the deep shady courtyard spaces, they quickly grow on you.
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Windows to light Frida's studio. The Judas figures see you out the door and back into the streets of Coyoacan.


Last updated: 2/27/05