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Google Arts & Culture, together with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and other Cultural Institutions, Announces Its First Online Retrospective Art Project Dedicated to Frida Kahlo

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Buffalo, NY – From now on, you will experience the work of Frida Kahlo as you never imagined it, thanks to the largest online retrospective art project dedicated to commemorating the life and legacy of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. This initiative is the result of a collaboration between Google Arts & Culture, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and more than 30 cultural institutions from seven different countries that focused on gathering the largest number of pieces of public and private collections about the artist with the purpose of making art accessible to all.

Faces of Frida gives you access to a virtual collection composed of more than 800 iconic pieces, including 700 files of photos, letters, and portraits that you can explore in different ways through Google Arts & Culture technology. Kahlo’s most famous portraits, such as Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, 1937, will come to life through Art Camera, a technology that allows you to see details of an artwork in an exceptional way. You can also find Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938, from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which is now available online as part of the virtual collection that opens to the world today.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Google to make our collection more accessible to people around the globe,” said Holly E. Hughes, Godin-Spaulding Curator and Curator for the Collection at the Albright-Knox. “Frida Kahlo was an incredibly influential artist within the arc of modern and contemporary art, and we are delighted to make her work more available for educational purposes.”

The project seeks to celebrate Frida Kahlo’s legacy and recognize her position as one of the most important figures in modern art. Now, thanks to the support of the network of museums and experts involved in this project, the public will be able to learn about the artist's deepest stories, from her impact on fashion, music, and dance to the influence she had on her colleagues.

With just one click on, all users will be able to access this series of exhibitions that highlights the works, the milestones, and the moments that marked Kahlo’s life using the tools that Google has developed to protect these collections and make them accessible to all. This virtual collection will include Street View tours, virtual reality, and gigapixel images through Art Camera.

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