A reproduction of Kahlo’s “The Wounded Table” on show in Poznan, Poland. AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI
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After taking an overnight bus to Poznan in Poland for an exhibition on Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two Portuguese sisters are now standing in front of a blue suggestion box.A black-and-white replica of the horizontal oil painting, a double self-portrait with Kahlo represented both as herself and a wounded table dripping with blood, can be seen until Jan. 21 at "Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Polish Context".The exhibition also features work by two Polish-born Jewish artists close to the couple: photographer Bernice Kolko, who captured Kahlo on her deathbed, and muralist Fanny Rabel, one of Kahlo's most devoted students.At 2.4 meters long by 1.2 meters high, larger than a standard door, the painting was unusual for Kahlo, who preferred to work small, unlike her muralist husband Rivera.Prignitz-Poda points out that while the painting is considered great today and would be worth around $20 million, back then its "surreal absolutely cruel depiction of the double Frida" went against the preferred socialist realist style.
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