Archive for July 23, 2008

Day 2: Frida Kahlo’s House & Trotsky’s House

Posted in Frida Kahlo on July 23, 2008 by xxxicana

There are a lot of great things about Mexico, not the least of which is its beer. I’m posting and having a Negra Modelo to recuperate from a long day of museum hopping in Coyoacan. I took the metro south, walked and walked and walked — and not in my most sensible shoes (semi-sensible). In my defense, the women of Mexico City are like those of NY or LA — very fashionable — and I didn’t want to look like a total schlub. Anyway, back to Coyoacan. Here’s a photo of the front of Frida’s house, aptly named Casa Azul. I couldn’t take photos inside, but there were some very interesting new things. But, you’ll have to read my book to find out!

Then I was off to see Trotsky’s house. As you may know, Diego Rivera sponsored Trotsky when he was running from Stalin. Frida had an affair with the venerable Revolutionary, but it was ended when Natalia (his wife) caught wind. Oh, Frida was probably tired of the old guy by then anyway. After the affair was over, Frida painted one of her more seductive portraits for Trotsky.

Trotsky’s house is pretty fascinating — he was living in fear that Stalin would have him assassinated (not without reason). The house he lived in at the time of his death is a couple of blocks from the Casa Azul. it has gun turrets, a heavy wall, and Trotsky’s bedroom and office have heavy steel doors.