365 Days of Art: April 13 – Ordered on Bed Rest, Frida Attends Her Solo Exhibition in Four Poster Bed

black and white photo of Frida Kahlo in crowd

Well-wishers greet Frida in her bed at the opening of her first solo show in Mexico.

April 13, 1953

Advised by her doctors that she is too ill to attend the opening reception of her first solo show in Mexico, and that she needs to rest, Frida Kahlo transports her bed to the gallery and attends from there. She greets visitors from her four poster bed, situated in the middle of the Galeria Arte Contemporaneo.

To Time magazine reporters she declares, “I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”