It is not known if Frida actually gardened at La Casa Azul - given her fragile health, she couldn't have physically done much. But with its Pre-Columbian sculptures and Mexican pottery, her garden is a seamless extension of her home. It is a place where she spent much of her time, entertaining guests with Diego and even teaching pupils. Together, the house and gardens form a homage to her boundless love for and admiration of the Mexican culture, history, nature and people; all themes that are central in her life and art.
Viva la vida, painted by Frida Kahlo shortly before her death in 1954, hangs still in La Casa Azul.
A bowl with a lid made out of a gourd, with a pomegranate knob, on a beautifully embroidered table cloth.
One of the smaller rooms, like a corridor between a bed room and the kitchen. A so called 'Judas figure', a skeleton reminding of Judas who betrayed Jesus, hangs in the corner; several of them were around the house and gardens.
Pre-Columbian and other artesanal masks filled many of the walls.
Frida's kitchen, an bold and beautiful symphony to honor Mexican pottery and other handicrafts. Color therapy at its best, and my new favorite - a wilder version of Monet's kitchen in Giverny.
A touching and intimate moment of the tour - Frida's atelier with her paints and even her wheel chair left as they were when she last worked here.
One of Frida's characteristic dresses - she loved to dress in costumes from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, wanting to show her solidarity to the native people.
Frida's night time bed, with a butterfly collection that she got as a present from her close friend architect Isamu Noguchi.
Frida's daytime bed - because of her pains, she spent a lot of time in bed - with her death mask. From here, she could see directly into her garden, with her parrots and pet monkey.
Frida's sofa that she got as three year old.
Frida's atelier and day time bed room in the background, facing a fountain and the garden.
A detail from the fountain - a leaping frog looking at a conch shell...
Detail from the inner garden, with Mexican terracotta pottery and Pre-Columbian sculpture.
A four-tiered pyramid built as a display for Frida's and Diego's collection of Mexican artefacs and Aztec idols.
More information about La Casa Azul: Museo Frida Kahlo.