FRIDA KAHLO AND HER VINTAGE ESTHETIC

Prosthetics 1953. Photo: Miguel Tovar

 

 

Frida Kahlo, the feminist muse of S.XX. Her intense and unfortunate life contrasts with the energy and expressiveness of her work. The people was cataloged as a surrealist artist, but she did not even label herself. She managed to grant the great Diego Rivera the nickname of "the husband of ..." This timeless muse still gives much to speak 62 years after his death. Her personal style is a reference in popular culture and the Museum Frida Kahlo has taken advantage of this characteristic aesthetic to pay homage.

 

 

View of the room 2. Photo: Miguel Tovar

 

 

The exhibition "The appearances deceive: Frida Kahlo’s dresses" is the first exhibition exhibited in the artist's museum about her wardrobe. With this new interpretation, her curator Circe Henestrosa Conoan, has wanted to make the visitor share the full strength of Mexican style. The wardrobe, discovered in 2004 in the artist's bathroom, explore her identity and fosters the visual imagery of traditional clothing.

 

This exhibition has reopened the debate of contemporary fashion since these clothes have inspired the great designers of the most current fashion world. Some of them are Ricardo Tisci or Jean Paul Gaultier. The latter premiered a collection inspired by her in the 1998 titled "Homage to Frida Kahlo"

 

 

Dai Rees. Photo: Miguel Tovar

 

 

Frida's political and cultural convictions have always been in focus, her impulse to revolution and her involvement in the diffusion of Mexican culture are a reference. This exhibition, shows tradition and disability, places them as pillars that have laid the foundations of the new base of popular culture and extol the figure of the artist. Not only can we know the frida revolutionary, but it brings us closer to a more human frida being able to admire her personal and more characteristic objects.

 

 

Givenchy. Photo: Miguel Tovar

 

 

The search for his identity is remarked with the Tetuhana history that showed with her daily attire. Strength and momentum are the nutrients and art his word. The influence he has achieved can only be explained by these small gifts that have left us to all those who we declare ourselves fervent followers. You can enjoy the exhibition until the end of 2016 at the Museum that bears his name in Mexico, if you are in the area do not miss this opportunity.

 

 

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Cheese Master Affineur, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.