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  • Frida Kahlo, Sol y Vida, 1947, oil on masonite, 38 x 48 cm.

    Frida Kahlo

    Gropius Bau
    Niederkirchnerstraße 7
    April 30–August 9

    Kunstforum

    September 1–December 12

    Curated by Helga Prignitz-Poda

    Does a museum really need an excuse to mount a Frida Kahlo exhibition? A major survey toured the United States in 2008, loosely pegged to the centennial of the Mexican icon’s birth in 1907. Now Europe is celebrating the occasion with what is purportedly the largest presentation of Kahlo’s psychologically rich work ever compiled. (A smaller, unrelated exhibition, running January 16–April 14 at Bozar in Brussels, whets the palate with snapshots and letters augmenting Kahlo’s art.) Better late than never. At the Martin-Gropius-Bau, highlights among the 120 paintings and works on paper include Kahlo’s last completed work, never before exhibited; a trove of unpublished drawings; and a selection of photographs depicting the artist and her friends, gathered by her grandniece Cristina Kahlo.