The three Fridas–In the gift shop, saints, indulgences and pardonable kitsch

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This is the second in three posts about Frida Kahlo, an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. To read about films and books available on Kahlo, go to post 1 here. To read about the show itself, go to post 3 here.

There’s nothing I like better than promotional merchandise except art and my family maybe. Best of the best is art merch. The Frida merch in the gift shop at the Frida Kahlo show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is like dying and going to heaven. Here are some photos:

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Here she is, Saint Frida of the broken column!

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Get your personal Frida Kahlo shrine kit here!!! Honest.

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Or buy a ready-made shrine of the two Fridas. Speaking of the two Fridas…

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These two Fridas are on the front and the back of the same mug!

Speaking of mugs, how'd you like to look at Frida's mug, pierced all over with nails, while you're trying to sip your morning java. This will jolt you awake.
Speaking of mugs, how’d you like to look at Frida’s mug, pierced all over with nails, while you’re trying to sip your morning java. This will jolt you awake.

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Frida and Diego burned the candle at both ends, so perhaps these candles are some form of divine justice.

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I especially loved the dress-up paper dolls. Here’s Frida…

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…and on the back of the same package, here’s Diego. Even though the scale and format suggest Diego is being brought down to size, the image still shows him as monumental.

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Here’s another shrine, with Frida as The Little Deer, a holy Christian martyr for your bedroom.

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The Little Deer in a ceramic version

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on a more serious note, these hand painted, cut paper note cards are individually made.

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This was the other primo note card.

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Mermaid Frida

I didn’t include the lenticular reproductions of Kahlo paintings. Wowza. almost 3-D. I really loved the skirts and ceramics. I couldn’t afford the skirts, but some of the ceramics were right in my price range:

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Frida plates, each hand drawn, under $10; they look strangely Indian

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Tiles, $5 each

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These won the most far-fetched selection award–monkey scarves that reminded me of foxes that ladies used to sport back in the day–feet on one end, head and front paws on the other.

Also spotted–items made in Bangladesh!

To read about films and books available on Kahlo, go to post 1 here. To read about the show itself, go to post 3 here.

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frida kahlo, philadelphia museum of art

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