Finding Fridain West Palm Beach

Muffy Clark Gill "Claes's Oldenberg's Eraser"
Recently one of my friends suggested that we take a trip to the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach to see the traveling art exhibition: “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

As I have traveled several times to Mexico to study the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera— once to see a retrospective on the 50th anniversary of her death and another retrospective on the 100th anniversary of her birth at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City,I was hoping to see some different works that I hadn’t seen before.
A few days earlier I had just taken delivery of a new Toyota Highlander hybrid vehicle, and I was excited to see how it would be to drive on a long road trip. I loved my old Subaru but needed more room to haul bigger pieces of art plus enjoy saving gas while doing it—hence a larger and more fuel efficient vehicle. We climbed in for the two plus hour trip across Alligator Alley and enjoyed the scenery in limousine like quiet and comfort. We arrived shortly before our 11:30 timed tickets and were allowed in early.There was an interesting display of reproductions of the dresses Frida liked to wear

A few of her paintings

and some of Diego’s paintings,

plus paintings by several of her contemporaries. I really enjoyed seeing photographs of Frida and Diego that I hadn’t seen before!

They portrayed a couple in love even til the time Frida had passed away in 1954.
After touring the show it was time for lunch. I had made reservations in The Restaurant. We dined outside under cover

and enjoyed specialties from Mexico Frida and Diego would have liked. My Chicken mole with grilled onions, baby corn and mushrooms was excellent!

After lunch we walked the museum sculpture garden and enjoyed the humor in some of the selections of artwork. The garden itself was beautifully planted and each sculpture was set in a sort of outdoor room.

(I had to put this shot in as I loved the reflections off these banquet chairs that were on the lawn)

We had a little bit of time before leaving to avoid rush hour traffic to tour some of the other permanent  museum collections in their recently enlarged building. Here are a few of my favorites:

As it is what we call “ Season” for us year round residents, the traffic was heavy when we left. After clearing the toll plaza in Weston it was smooth sailing in quiet the rest of the way home. I shall definitely return to the Norton Museum again!


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