Products, vendors, traditions, and utensils typical of the traditional Mexican kitchen were reflected both in muralism and, more directly, in the art of Frida Kahlo.
  • In the Casa Azul Frida’s kitchen remains as orderly as she left it at her death in 1954.
  • The kitchen and the utensils Frida Kahlo used to cook continue to be on display at the Casa Azul in the center of Coyoacán in Mexico City

Their pleasure about cooking and the expansive meals with friends were things painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera shared. As hosts to numerous artists and intellectuals who came to Mexico from the end of the 1930s from all over the world, they took care to show their guests both the gastronomy and the utensils and principal elements of the traditional kitchen. 

Inspired by all this, they recognized in the local products, vendors, cooks, and small producers a source of inspiration to transmit their idea of a national identity. In the Casa Azul there are still vestiges of this ideal.

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Frida’s kitchen has remained intact since 1954 and maintains the orderliness and beauty of colonial kitchens: Talavera from Puebla covers the walls; there is a traditional charcoal and wood stove; a yellow, green, and red wooden table from Michoacán decorates the center of the room. Green clay pots from Oaxaca, wood spoon holders and copper pots from Michoacán make a frame and show the delight that the lady of the house always had for cooking and handcrafts. 

The pantry holds the dinnerware and blown glass from Tlaquepaque and the silver cutlery made in Chiapas that the painters used when they entertained.

Relevant Facts: 

Museo Frida Kahlo "Casa Azul"
Londres 247 Col. Coyoacán
www.museofridakahlo.org.mx