Frida Kahlo Timeline1907–1954
1907 July 6, Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón is born in Coyoacán, Mexico. Her father,Guillermo Kahlo, was of Hungarian-German Jewish descent and her mother, Matilde Calderón wasCatholic and of Spanish and Indian descent. Frida drops the ‘e’ in her name during the rise ofNazism.1910 Mexican revolution begins and continues through 1920. Frida later claims to have been born in1910 so that her birth would coincide with the beginning of the revolution.1922 Frida first meets artist Diego Rivera while a student at the prestigious National Preparatory School.1925 Frida is involved in a streetcar accident that inflicts serious permanent injuries and lifelong pain.During her long convalescence, she begins to paint.1929
At age 22, Frida marries Diego Rivera, 42, and accompanies him while he works on his muralprojects in San Francisco, Detroit and New York City for the next three years.1931 Frida meets photographer Nickolas Muray and begins intermittent affair that willlast eight years.1937 Exiled communist leader and writer Leon Trotsky and his wife arrive in Mexico and stay in Frida andDiego’s home for two years.1938 Frida meets French surrealist and critic André Breton in Mexico during his visit.Frida has first solo exhibition at Julien Levy Gallery in New York City.1939
Frida travels to Paris where she is included in an exhibition organized by André Breton and artistMarcel Duchamp.The Louvre Museum purchases Frida’s self-portrait,
(1938), the first Mexican painting inits collection.Frida and Diego divorce, remarrying in 19401950 After enduring 30 previous surgeries, Frida has an additional two surgeries on her spine and ishospitalized for nine months.1953 Frida’s first exhibition in Mexico is hosted by friend and photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo at theMexico City Gallery of Contemporary Art.1954 July 13, Frida dies at her home in Casa Azul (The Blue House) in Coyoacán at age 47. Diego diesthree years later at age 70.1958
Casa Azul is opened to the public as Frida Kahlo museum.