May 11, 2008

Selling Frida

On Saturday I went to the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Philadelphia art museum, and very much enjoyed it, although there was one thing I had to laugh at. In the gift shop of the museum there were dozens of items based around various Kahlo works, including this necktie:

You can order the Broken Column Tie here. Try wearing that to an important business meeting, and see what people say.

At any rate, I think it's hilarious that while Frida Kahlo was a lifelong devout Communist, now rich people can go to a museum and spend hundreds of dollars on T-shirts, coffee mugs and ties based on her paintings.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 11, 2008 09:25 PM

That exhibit was just in the Walker here in MPLS - If I recall the tie was a very moving painting in which now all the context has been removed.

Posted by: Jeff S at May 12, 2008 02:58 PM
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