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Frida Kahlo returns to the Center Pompidou with great fanfare

The only painting by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) from all European museums has returned to the fold. After staying four months at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille for the exhibition The Dream of being an artist, The Frame (1938) returned today to the 5th floor of the Center Pompidou .

The painting The Frame, a testimony of the artist history, surrealism and the Parisian scene of the 1930s

This small self-portrait, however, says a lot about the history of Frida Kahlo, surrealism, and the Parisian scene of the 1930s. Invited by André Breton in 1939 in Paris, the painter exhibited it at the Renou et Colle gallery. It was after this exhibition that the Jeu de paume acquired The Frame. The painting is painted on a brushed stainless steel plate and fixed on traditional Mexican glass that the artist bought in a market in Oaxaca (Mexico). In this frame intended to adorn a pious image, she inserted her portrait surrounded by flowers. With these bright colors that surround the face of Frida Kahlo, he is one of about fifty self-portraits that she has made during her life. Poliomyelitis at seven years old, then the victim of a big bus accident in 1925, Frida Kahlo has been in bed for months. Thanks to an ingeniously integrated mirror and easel system, she was able to paint from her bed.

# PompidouVIP a route which highlights 20 masterpieces from the Pompidou Center

Frida Kahlo returns to the Center Pompidou with great fanfare39 contemporary art in the world? The National Museum of Modern Art has chose or Very Important Pieces ), a journey from its permanent collection of Contemporary Art clinging to the 4 th and 5 th floors. Launched on December 11, #PompidouVIP highlights 20 masterpieces by the most emblematic artists of the 20th and 21st centuries among the 120,000 works kept by the institution. From the Blues by Juan Miro (1961) to Married from the Eiffel Tower by Marc Chagall (1938-1939), passing by Le Jardin d'hiver by Jean Dubuffet (1968-1970), the wandering between the works is done chronologically using a specific cartel. Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Yves Klein, Fernand Léger, Louise Bourgeois, Annette Messager, Martial Raysse, all the big names from the Center Pompidou are part of the selection.

This route aims to reassure visitors who might be afraid of modern and contemporary art. To create familiarity with the public, the museum even installed a booth in its hall, called the Studio #PompidouVIP to encourage them to take pictures of themselves in place of Sylvia von Harden in the decor of Otto Dix's painting or to pass the head in the Mexican frame of The Frame. This playful way of understanding these Very Important Pieces allows the public to appropriate the works of the Center Pompidou.

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