Frida Kahlo’s ‘Self-Portrait’ back on view at UT for two years

And, she’s back.

Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” is back home at the UT’s Ransom Center and will be on view through Dec. 31, 2017.

Frida Kahlo, "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird"
Frida Kahlo, “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and
Hummingbird,” 1940.

Since 1990 the painting has been featured in dozens of exhibitions around the world, traveling First Class in its own custom-made case and accompanied by a professional courier.  Watch a video of how the painting travels.

The Ransom Center acquired the painting in 1966 when it obtained the collection Hungarian-born photographer Nickolas Muray (1892–1965).

Kahlo and Muray had an affair when the two were living in New York City. It ended in 1939 the same year Kahlo divorced artist Diego Rivera.  Muray purchased “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” to help financially post-divorce.

Though closed on Thanksgiving Day, the Ransom Center is open seven days a week and admission is free: hrc.utexas.edu

Need to entertain family in town for the holidays — or just entertain yourself? Use our guide to Austin’s museums:

Austin Arts Guide: Art & Culture Museums at www.austin360.com/interactive/art-culture-museums

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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