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March 4, 2005
by Rob Diament

The Tate Modern will hold the first major British exhibition in over 20 years dedicated to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The exhibition will star more than 70 of her 144 paintings including canvasses ‘Self-Portrait with Monkey’ and ‘My Birth’, both owned by pop legend Madonna.

Kahlo, known for her bold, colourful paintings, died in 1954 aged 47. A self-taught artist, Kahlo wanted to become a doctor but turned to art in 1925 after a tram accident left her temporarily bedridden. The eccentrically moustached painter was the subject of the Oscar winning film 'Frida', starring Salma Hayek, which explored Kahlo’s stormy marriage with muralist Diego Rivera.

The exhibition runs from 9 June – 9 October 2005. Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions). You can prebook online at: www.tate.org.uk

Click here to see a selection of Kahlo's work