Frida Kahlo Hospital School children show their work in the Frida Kahlo Exhibition in Baden-Baden

Starting July 6th 2009, on the occasion of the anniversary of Frida Kahlo birthday (July 6th 1907), the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden which has the largest exhibition of Frida Kahlo paintings (hand painted licensed replicas from © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008), will show paintings and ceramics made by the children of the Frida Kahlo School in Dortmund.

The Frida Kahlo School in Dortmund, Germany is a hospital school for children stationary in the pediatric (orthopedics and oncology) and in the youth psychiatric departments of the hospital. The children and youths remain in the hospital school in average 8 weeks during their stay in the Elisabeth Clinic of the hospital, after this time they go back in their school of origin.

Similarly to Frida Kahlo, the children and youths in hospital schools are hurt in their bodies or spirit. Often they are hurt in both, art can help them to express their pain and fears. The children express on the canvas their anger or doubts, as well as their happiness and dreams, and deal in this way with their emotions in a creative and constructive way. Especially for this exhibition in the museum, they have interpreted famous Frida Kahlo paintings.

The permanent exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden shows over 100 oil paintings of Frida Kahlo, this allows the visitors to follow the several stages of Kahlo’s life in her personal and artistic development. In addition to her work, Tehuana clothes and jewelry are shown. The exhibition revolves around the courtyard of the Casa Azul (The Blue House: the family house of Frida Kahlo) reconstructed with its Aztec pyramid, pre-columbian figures, exotic plants.

The Frida Kahlo exhibition which opened on February 28 2009, has received more than enthusiastic reviews from its visitors, the following visitor’s comment is symbolic of the experience offered by the exhibition: “This is much more than a museum, this is a Frida Kahlo house live. Moving, impressive, profound. A new stoke of luck for Baden-Baden”.

The paintings of the children and youths of the Frida Kahlo School are shown in the reconstructed Frida Kahlo’s atelier, next to the cabinet displaying filigree jewelry and a Mexican dress of the type Frida used to wear.

The paintings and ceramics from the Frida Kahlo pediatric school are on sale, the revenues will be given to the Frida Kahlo school in Dortmund.
The objects of the Frida Kahlo schools will be exhibited in the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund from July 6th till September 6th 2009.

The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is a privately owned art museum dedicated to showing monographic works.
The Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund exihibits at least 70% of the works of only one artist at the time, The objective of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is to offer the visitors a complete view of the entire work of one artist, in this way it is possible to follow the artist’s development, to discover the different phases the painter goes through in his/her life: from lack of direction to new inspiration.

The Vision of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund is to offer the visitors a cultural experience that covers all the senses, and an environment that touches not only the eyes of the visitors, but their minds, and above all their hearts.
Every decision made in the creation of the museum was driven by two elements:
– respect for the visitors, and
– respect for the artists.

In addition to exhibiting the artworks, the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund shows the environment of the life of the painter: clothes, jewelry, and the entire context in which the artist lived and produced his/her paintings. This 360°view of the llife and work of one artist allows the visitors to immerse themselves totally into the artworks and to better understand the artist.

The founders of the Art Museum are Hans-Jürgen Gehrke and Dr. Mariella C. Remund. Both are art patrons, collectors, and passionate art historians. Both have spent over 25 years in executive positions in multinational corporations and academic organizations in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, USA, Spain, South America and China.

Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund GmbH
Industrie Strasse 9a
76532 Baden-Baden, Germany
Tel #: +49 7221 97 11899
Presscontact Person: Dr. Mariella C. Remund

Frida Kahlo School in Dortmund, Germany