Immersive Frida Kahlo – February Vacation Must Visit
February vacation is quickly approaching, ours is next week. With the weather here in MA, I am definitely looking for one-of-a-kind indoor activities to do with my boys. The Immersive Frida Kahlo art installation offers just that by bringing Frida Kahlo’s beautiful masterworks to life for all to enjoy and experience, completely altering the traditional ways that art has previously been admired.
Immersive Frida Kahlo – February Vacation Must Visit
Frida Kahlo lived a life of exploration and constantly challenged gender norms, all of which are reflected in her work. Kahlo stands today as an iconic figure and a symbol of female empowerment, individual courage, and Mexican pride. Through this exhibit, viewers will be able to live vicariously through her and experience for themselves who exactly Frida Kahlo was and what her surrealism self-portraits mean. Open Thursday, February 10 through Sunday, May 8, 2022, tickets are priced starting at $39.99 and can be purchased at immersive-frida.com with timed and flexible options.
Lighthouse Immersive, The Leading Experiential Art Producer In North America, Announces Its Next Installation – Immersive Frida Kahlo
The Creative Team Behind Immersive Van Gogh Directs Its Lens to the Life and Work of Frida Kahlo from February 10 through May 8, 2022, at the Lighthouse ArtSpace at the Castle
Lighthouse Immersive, North America’s leading producer of ground-breaking experiential art exhibits, and Maestro Immersive Art today announced its newest immersive art installation, Immersive Frida Kahlo. On the heels of its critically acclaimed blockbuster Immersive Van Gogh (now on-view in 15 cities), the Lighthouse Immersive team has set their sights on the art and life of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), the beloved 20th-century Mexican artist best known for compelling self-portraits and radiant pieces inspired by her life in her native country of Mexico.
The exhibition features some of the artist’s best-known works “brought to life” by the world-renowned master of digital art, Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi, again accompanied by composer Luca Longobaridi’s resonant score. Vittorio Guidotti is the Art Director. A brilliant, bold, and uncompromising painter, Kahlo’s work is globally recognized for its raw emotional vitality, vibrant colorwork, and unflinching intimacy.
Immersive Frida Kahlo arrives in Boston at the Lighthouse ArtSpace at the Castle (130 Columbus Avenue) Thursday, February 10 through Sunday, May 8, 2022. Tickets are on sale today, Tuesday, November 30 at 10 am at immersive-frida.com. Ticket prices start at $39.99 with timed and flexible options available.
In addition, Immersive Frida Kahlo arrives Spring 2022 in the following cities:
Dallas: Feb. 3 through April 17, 2022 | Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas, 507 S. Harwood Street, Dallas, TX. 75201 | Co-produced with Impact Museums
Houston: Feb. 17 through April 17, 2022 | Lighthouse ArtSpace Houston, 1314 Britmoore Road, Houston, TX 77043 | Co-produced with Impact Museums
Chicago: Feb. 24 through May 28, 2022 | Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Club, 108 W. Germania Pl, Chicago IL 60610 | Co-produced with Maestro Immersive Art
Denver: March 3 through May 30, 2022 | Lighthouse ArtSpace Denver, 3900 Elati Street, Denver, CO 80216
Toronto: March 31 through May 29, 2022 | 1 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1W7
Los Angeles: March 31 through June 11, 2022 | Lighthouse ArtSpace Los Angeles, 6400 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028 | Co-produced with Impact Museums
“The success of Immersive Van Gogh has demonstrated that audiences are excited to experience art in a new way. Our Italian creative team are experts at digitally exploring masterworks in such a way that viewers are not merely passive observers. They obtain an even richer understanding of the artist by seeing the work as its creator might have,” said Lighthouse Immersive Producer Corey Ross. “That said, Siccardi presents Kahlo’s works in a format very distinct from that which he utilized in examining Van Gogh’s. He does not try to unify the many styles Kahlo used in her lifetime, but instead, presents them to us as a series of kinetic tableaus that may initially contradict – but eventually illuminate – each other.”
“Frida Kahlo’s work is uniquely suited to be explored in an immersive environment and her life story is equally fascinating,” added Lighthouse Immersive Producer Svetlana Dvoretsky. “Kahlo lived her life as one giant journey of exploration, and her art mirrored that journey. Our goal is to give our viewers more than an examination of her work; we also hope they will leave with a richer understanding of the smart, complex woman who created these timeless masterpieces.”
“In this piece, we will chase Frida’s world, always in motion,” adds Siccardi. “We will discover her tenderness and hostilities by taking in her observations and fantasies. Our hope is that viewers will let themselves be penetrated by Frida’s stories, and in so doing, live vicariously through her.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Immersive Frida Kahlo arriving to The Castle, situated in one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods,” said Maestro Immersive Art Co-Producer Maria Shclover.
“We’ve been searching for the right venue for our Boston debut, and The Castle’s vast and versatile space provides the perfect backdrop for Siccardi’s stunning projections, highlighting the work of the iconic Kahlo,” added Maestro Immersive Art Co-Producer Irina Shabshis.
Kahlo’s work bridges surrealist and magic realism traditions – blending authentic depictions of her life with fantastical elements reflecting her inner thoughts and struggles. Folk art, mysticism, surrealism, magic realism, and a notably revealing series of self-portraits are all included in the projections. Among the works featured in the piece are The Two Fridas (1939), The Wounded Deer (1946), and Diego and I (1946), intermingled with an assortment of photographs, drawings, and iconography. Alongside her paintings, Siccardi’s piece also includes photos of Kahlo at various ages and images of figures from Kahlo’s life that influenced her worldview. The projections are shown on Lighthouse Immersive’s massive architectural canvas, using state-of-the-art projectors for a crisp image and high-quality sound systems that heighten the mood-setting score.
For more information about Immersive Frida Kahlo, visit immersive-frida.com.
About Frida Kahlo
Kahlo was born in 1907 in Mexico City. After surviving polio at the age of six, Kahlo was involved in a horrific accident at the age of 18, when the bus she was riding on was struck by a streetcar, leaving her with a broken spinal column, along with a myriad of other injuries. Bedridden, Kahlo was encouraged by her parents to take up painting to pass the time. A custom-made easel allowed her to paint while lying down. During these long days, Kahlo often spent hour after hour staring at her own image that was reflected in a mirror fixed over her bed. It is here that she began presenting herself as the subject matter of her work, channeling her personal struggles into her art. Kahlo’s travels throughout Mexico and the United States further developed her artistic style. Individualistic and rebellious, her spirit was torn between the Communist Party and the Mexican Nationalist movement. Despite her lifelong passion for her husband, Diego Rivera, she is said to have had numerous affairs with other men and women. Throughout her life, Kahlo developed a rich iconography touching on the realms of life and death and mixing violence and vulnerability in ways that often shocked viewers by pushing gender norms. Kahlo stands today as an iconic figure and a symbol of female empowerment, individual courage, and Mexican pride.
Kahlo’s popularity has grown exponentially in recent decades and has been prominently featured in museums worldwide. Public interest was bolstered by several recently released biographies and Julie Taymor’s Academy Award-nominated film starring Salma Hayek. The announcement of Frida: Immersive Dream comes after a recent record-breaking sale of Frida Kahlo’s 1949 painting “Diego and I,” which sold at Sotheby’s on Tuesday, Nov. 16 for $34.9 million dollars, making it the most prized piece of Latin American artwork ever sold at auction. The sale of “Diego and I” surpassed a benchmark set by Kahlo’s husband Diego Rivera in 2018, when one of his paintings sold at auction for $9.76 million.
About Lighthouse Immersive
Lighthouse Immersive brings together two of Toronto’s preeminent production companies – Starvox Entertainment, Canada’s fastest-growing live entertainment company responsible for bringing hit shows like The Art of Banksy to Toronto, and Show One Productions, a full-service production company presenting concerts with high-profile classical musicians, opera stars and orchestras – to bring the world premiere of IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH to Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and 16 other North American cities. Working directly with the Italian masters of immersive digital art and other leading global creators, Lighthouse Immersive has custom-designed all exhibits to distinctly envelop the various architectural settings they inhabit.
In Toronto, Lighthouse Immersive Artspace occupies the vacant five stories of the 1 Yonge Street building that previously housed the Toronto Star’s printing presses. The main gallery encompasses 600,000 cu. ft. and the facility features two additional gallery spaces alongside offices, two gift shops, and a café.
In the last year, the Canadian company has announced or opened new galleries in 21 U.S. cities including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, and Orlando. To date, Lighthouse Immersive has sold well over 4 million tickets to IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH across North America, with Art-Net recently commenting on the wave of immersive galleries, calling it “one of the largest coordinated art phenomena of all time.”
About Maestro Immersive Art
Maria Shclover and Irina Shabshis are the co-founders of Maestro Immersive Art. Shclover founded Maestro Artist Management in 2004, Shabshis in 2005, and together they have presented more than 1,000 theatrical and classical music performances across the United States, including projects with Michel Legrand, Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Malkovich, and more.
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