Frida Kahlo at the V&A

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Kahlo's paintings offer a stunning visual record of the life of one of the 20th century's most gifted and original artists. Born in Mexico City just three years before the Revolution, her works reflect a deep pride in the rich cultural heritage of her homeland, from its vibrant colours and decorative costumes to its indigenous mythological and religious traditions. 

The V&A’s summer exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo explores her paintings alongside many of her extraordinary and colourful clothes, for which she was renowned. Frida often rejected contemporary fashion and instead dressed in indigenous Mexican clothing - a statement of post-Revolutionary independence and pride in the roots of her country. The collection of dresses, jewellery, photographs and personal possessions on display was discovered just 14 years ago in the Blue House or Casa Azul (where Frida and her husband Diego Rivera lived) and has never before been seen outside Mexico.

Our study day takes place at the elegant club Ognisko, just a couple of minutes' walk from the V&A museum on Exhibition Road. Siân Walters will give an introductory lecture on 20th June about Frida Kahlo's life and work. This is followed by a delicious lunch at the club (optional), after which we visit the exhibition. Timed entry tickets are included.

Fully Booked - please contact us if you would like to join a waiting list in case spaces become available.



Please meet at Ognisko, which is situated on the ground floor of the beautiful building that is the home to the Polish Club on Exhibition Road. You will need to sign in on arrival. Please arrive at any time between 11.00 and 11.30 - there is a cafe on the ground floor which opens at 11.00 where you may like to have a coffee or tea before the talk begins (please note that refreshments are not included).

Our talk by Siân Walters then begins at 11.30.and will take place in the Salonik on the second floor which is accessible by the main staircase or the lift. The second floor is quite high up so we would recommend using the lift. Washroom facilities can be found on the lower ground floor as well as just opposite the Salonik lecture room.

Siân's introductory lecture will put the exhibition in context by tracing Frida's life and work with special reference to her emblematic self-portraits which remain her most striking and memorable body of work.

After lunch at Ognisko (optional, payment can be made in cash on the day) we walk to the museum to see the exhbition. The V&A is less than 5 minutes' walk from the restaurant.

Timed entry tickets are included.


Please let us know if you would like to join us for lunch - a 3-course lunch menu costing £22 has been arranged for us at Ognisko. The elegant, high-ceilinged interior of this restaurant gives onto a large terrace overlooking communal gardens and the food is, quite simply, delicious! Click here for some rave reviews, including one by the late AA Gill.

Payment (in cash only) can be made on the day - there is no need to pay in advance. Drinks and service are not included.

Please let us know on the booking form if you have any food intolerances, allergies or dietary requirements so that we can arrange an alternative option for you.

Further Study Day Information

Ognisko, 55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2PG


Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL

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If you would like to join us please fill in the online booking form. If you would prefer to send a booking form by post please download a copy here 

Once your booking has been accepted, we will notify you by email. Normally we will not need to send you any further information, so please just bring the study day details and email confirmation with you on the day. We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused tickets, but tickets may be transferred to someone else for the event you have booked (please do let us know if you would like to do so, and give us the name of the person who will be taking your place). Availability is limited.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.

Reductions will be available for V&A members - please inform us when booking, thank you. Please do bring your members' pass with you on the day. We are unable to offer reductions if not informed at the booking stage. Thank you. We regret that other reductions are not available for this study day.

Thank you for a great day at the V&A yesterday, for putting these beautiful objects in context and make them come to life.”

Mrs Sally Day

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  • One of 2018's most anticipated exhibitions
  • Delicious 3-course lunch arranged
  • Lecture and tickets included
  • Meet people with similar interests



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call on +44 (0)1932 267322

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