Frida’s famous Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird make a pit-stop at its Austin home

by Bill Davenport July 9, 2011

UT’s Harry Ransom Center is celebrating the rare homecoming of one of its most famous and most-borrowed artworks, Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Since 1990 the painting has been on almost continuous loan featured in exhibitions in more than 25 museums around the world. The painting will be on display beginning July 6, which is Kahlo’s 104th birthday, until January 8, 2012, when it will presumably hit the road again. The painting has a romantic history, even for Frida; it came to UT from the collection of Kahlo’s one-time lover, photographer Nickolas Muray, who bought the piece from her to help her out of financial trouble the year after their relationship ended.

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