The Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, which possesses the largest collection of paintings by Diego Rivera, is the former home of Dolores Olmedo Patiño y Suárez, a Mexican businesswoman, philanthropist and musician. She is best known for her friendship with Mexican painters, Frida Kahlo and Frida’s husband, Diego Rivera. Dolores was the subject of several of Diego’s paintings.
In 1962, Dolores acquired a property in La Noria in the South of Mexico City, that later became the Museum in 1994. With the donation of her entire collection of art including the pre-Hispanic, colonial, popular, modern and contemporary art, as well as her home furnishings, the Museum hosts the largest collection of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Angelina Beloff works and shows what life was like for the wealthy in Mexico. Upon her death in 2002, Dolores left funds for the care of the Museum, which is now open to the public.
The five building complex contains more than one hundred fifty works of art, including many by Rivera and Kahlo (including some of Frida’s scripts and drawings), close to 6,000 pre-Hispanic figurines and sculptures. In addition, the gardens are home to many different animals, such as geese, ducks, Xoloitzcuintles (a breed of large dog native to Mexico) and Indian peacocks. Recently, formerly private rooms have been added to the Museum, where many of the original decorations of the house are kept, like ivory, porcelain and works of art.
Diego y Frida casa de estudio
The Museum of Frida Kahlo, also known as la Casa Azul (the Blue House) due to its cobalt-blue walls, is a historic home and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. It is located in the Colonia de el Carmen de Coyoacán in the Mexico City. The building was Frida’s place of birth and she grew up there, lived there with her husband, Diego Rivera, for a number of years, and finally died in one of the rooms on the top floor. In 1958, Diego Rivera donated the house and its contents to create a museum in honor of Frida.
The museum contains a collection of works of art of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and other artists, along with the Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs, souvenirs, and personal objects. Today, it is the most popular museum in Coyoacan and one of the most visited in Mexico City, with 25,000 visitors monthly. Visitors gain a better understanding of the life and health struggles of Frida Kahlo.