SAN ANTONIO (March 11, 2021) – The San Antonio Botanical Garden is pleased to announce its newest exhibition, Frida Kahlo Oasis, bringing to San Antonio a captivating rendition of the artist’s iconic blue home, Casa Azul, and lush green sanctuary that profoundly influenced her timeless art. Uniquely curated by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, this exhibition uncovers Kahlo’s deep connection with Mexican native vegetation and the natural world. Frida Kahlo Oasis is making its world debut on May 8, 2021 and will be on view through November 2, 2021.
The exhibition’s Casa Azul garden will occupy a 2,100 square foot space nestled in the heart of the Botanical Garden, shaded by giant oak trees, and overflowing with Mexican native plants, and a mixture of tropical foliage and desert plants, including elephant ears, bougainvillea, agave, and marigolds. Visitors are invited to explore the famous landmarks of Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul such as the pyramid that displayed Diego Rivera’s pre-Colombian artifacts collection, the frog-themed fountain, and Kahlo’s desk and easel. The exhibition will also feature six monumental animals specially sighted throughout the lush garden grounds – a Dog, Monkey, Deer, Butterfly, Parrot, and Hummingbird – which often appear in Kahlo’s artworks, as a testimonial to her passion for Mexican Arte Popular.
“Frida Kahlo had a deeply rooted connection with the natural world, which was shown consistently in her incredible story, home, garden and mesmerizing artwork,” said Sabina Carr, Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Botanical Garden. “Through this one-of-a-kind open-air exhibition, the Botanical Garden wishes to inspire visitors and spark their own connection to nature as they are immersed by the many plants and landmarks from Kahlo’s life.”
The Botanical Garden will offer a variety of Frida Kahlo and Mexican inspired programs to engage visitors along with the exhibition. Examples include special curated tours, art history lectures, culinary and cocktail workshops, and adult and family events.
The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Gretchen Swanson Family Foundation, Inc and Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.
Learn more about the Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibition at sabot.org/frida.
About the San Antonio Botanical Garden
The mission of the San Antonio Botanical Garden is to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives. The San Antonio Botanical Garden features 38 acres of nature spaces located deep in the heart of San Antonio. Daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is $15 adults; $13 students and military; $12 children age 3-13; $3 Museums for All (with SNAP or WIC EBT card and valid ID). San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Place at North New Braunfels. Limited free on-site parking available. The Botanical Garden is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit sabot.org or call 210.536.1400.