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Frida Kahlo Exhibit Organizers Respond To Criticism

The producers of an exhibition featuring replicas of Frida Kahlo paintings have added language to materials clarifying that the paintings are replicas and not originals, according to a press release received Wednesday.

Changes were made to address concerns raised in this KPBS story that the show's organizers have not been clear enough about the replicas. The release states: "The producers have added copy at the entrance of the exhibition, in the exhibition catalog, and in print ads."

A spokeswoman for the exhibition explained that a label had been added to the inside cover of the exhibition catalog stating that the paintings are replicas. The catalog is used as a guide through the show.

The print ads were also changed. A spokeswoman said the information at the exhibition entrance is an 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of paper taped to the ticket counter and the door of the exhibit. This information was in place last week. In two sentences, they explain that the paintings are replicas.

Global Entertainment Properties (GEP1), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company is producing the touring exhibition and working in conjunction with the exhibition creators and curators, Dr. Mariella Remund and Hans-Jürgen Gehrke.

“We are honored to have secured this fantastic collection of replicas allowing an experience unlike any other,” GEP1's Martin Biallas explained in the press release. “Frida Kahlo’s original paintings are either in museums, private collections or lost. So these replicas, painted by masters, create the opportunity to see all of her work in a single place.”

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | November 27, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

So they had to be prodded by media exposure just to be clear about the origins of their art?

This is a scam operation, I wouldn't waste my time going.

I'd rather just go to the San Diego Museum of Art where I can see original artwork by important artists.

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CaliforniaDefender | November 27, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

“We are honored to have secured this fantastic collection of replicas..."

-Global Entertainment Properties


That has to be the funniest back-peddling spin I've heard in a long time!

Donate your fake art to some cheap motels and go back to LA.

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Walter Koenig | December 20, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

If you go to main page of the web site of the exhibit,, it still announces "The Complete Frida Kahlo Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story" and does not mention the word "copy" once. Therefore they are still misleading the public into believing they are "Her Painting". I think this show is a travesty organized by charlatans for personal gain. Should be boycotted.

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srkirshbaum | December 27, 2013 at 4:47 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I thought the readers would enjoy my humorous song " I Love Frida" (set to the music of the " I Love Lucy" theme song:

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JeanMarc | December 27, 2013 at 9:33 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

If they look exactly like the originals, what difference does it make? Are you missing something when you look at the replica?

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