Mamacita Linda

Close up of a letter written in dark cursive ink on yellowing paper. The language is Spanish and it begins with Mamacita Linda, or Dear Mother
Excerpt from a Frida Kahlo letter to her mother

Mamacita Linda: Letters between Frida Kahlo and her Mother on view May 1–July 31, 2012.

Mamacita Linda: Letters between Frida Kahlo and her Mother is an intimate exhibition of letters between Frida Kahlo and her mother, Matilde Calderón de Kahlo, in the Library and Research Center. The selection of letters on view are a part of the Nelleke Nix and Marianne Huber Collection: The Frida Kahlo Papers donated to NMWA in 2007.

The collection consists of over 360 unpublished letters related to the artist’s life and work, ranging from 1930 to 1954 and most of the material dating between 1930 and 1935. A significant portion of the collection is a group of letters between Kahlo and her family. The heartfelt letters showcased in this exhibition are from the last few years before Matilde Calderón’s death.

The letters highlight the personal affection between Kahlo and her mother and showcase Frida Kahlo as the person, not the icon.

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