Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving – DeYoung Museum

Since closures of the museums and most attractions in March due to COVID-19, to visit a public exhibit this past weekend was a very rare and satisfying treat. 

Under the latest San Francisco city guidance, all indoor museums are now allowed to reopen, but with limited capacity. The DeYoung Museum is one of the first to reopen its’ long-awaited doors to the public for the exhibit Frida Khalo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.

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The exhibit offers a perspective of the iconic artist that is unknown to most: It reveals the ways in which politics, gender, disability, and national identity informed Kahlo’s life, art, and multifaceted creativity. 

Frida Khalo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.  features a selection of Kahlo’s possessions from her lifelong home, La Casa Azul (Now the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City). 

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Inside the exhibition, you will find yourself walking through rooms that represent her life story and include photographs, letters, jewelry, cosmetics, medical corsets, and exceptional garments—alongside 34 of Kahlo’s drawings, paintings, and a lithograph that spans Kahlo’s entire adult life.

The exhibit truly delivered a personal perspective on her life by revealing the struggles she endured and her strengths that she used to overcome the many barriers she faced resulting in the unique methodology and style that personify this fascinating and talented woman. 

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Image Courtesy DeYoung Museum

The museum does a lovely job putting its’ patrons minds at ease with the current required health and safety protocols firmly in place. Visiting the DeYoung museum is as close to a feeling of the “good ol’ days” as one can remember, so grab a friend, wear a mask, and enjoy a slice of the San Francisco culture and history. 

The exhibit will run until the end of February 2020. Purchase your tickets here.

Thank you for reading and keep styling,


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