2nd immersive art exhibit coming to North Side

First Vincent van Gogh, now Frida Kahlo.

A second interactive art exhibit is coming to Lighthouse ArtSpace Pittsburgh, a converted warehouse, on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Lighthouse Immersive, a producer of experiential art exhibits, partnered with Impact Museums, which operates immersive experiences built around art, entertainment and social causes, and collaborated on the current Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Pittsburgh through March 20.

It is also teaming up to bring “Immersive Frida Kahlo.”

The show opens March 26.

The exhibit will feature the works of Kahlo (1907-1954), a 20th-century Mexican artist, known for self-portraits and pieces inspired by her life.

Just like van Gogh, Kahlo’s creations will be “brought to life” by Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi, and accompanied by composer Luca Longobardi’s score. Vittorio Guidotti is the art director.

Pittsburgh joins Dallas, Boston, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Toronto and Los Angeles to host the exhibit.

“The success of Immersive Van Gogh has demonstrated that audiences are excited to experience art in a new way,” said Lighthouse Immersive producer Corey Ross in a statement. “Our Italian creative team are experts at digitally exploring masterworks in such a way that viewers are not merely passive observers. They obtain an even richer understanding of the artist by seeing the work as its creator might have.”

Ross said Siccardi presents Kahlo’s works in a different format than Van Gogh’s.

“He does not try to unify the many styles Kahlo used in her lifetime, but instead, presents them to us as a series of kinetic tableaus that may initially contradict – but eventually illuminate – each other,” Ross said.

“Kahlo lived her life as one giant journey of exploration, and her art mirrored that journey,” said Lighthouse Immersive producer Svetlana Dvoretsky, in a statement. “Our goal is to give our viewers more than an examination of her work; we also hope they will leave with a richer understanding of the smart, complex woman who created these timeless masterpieces.”

Kahlo’s work is described as bridging surrealist and magic realism traditions.

The works featured include “The Two Fridas” (1939), “The Wounded Deer” (1946) and “Diego and I” (1946), intermingled with an assortment of photographs, drawings and iconography.

There will be photos of Kahlo at various ages and images of figures who influenced her.

Kahlo was born in 1907 in Mexico City. After surviving polio at the age of 6, she was involved in a horrific accident at the age of 18. The bus she was riding on was struck by a streetcar, leaving her with a broken spinal column and other injuries. Bedridden, Kahlo was encouraged by her parents to take up painting to pass the time.

She painted lying down.

Kahlo’s 1949 painting “Diego and I” sold at Sotheby’s in November for $34.9 million, making it the most prized piece of Latin American artwork ever sold at auction.

“Frida Kahlo — An Intimate Portrait: The Photographic Albums” was an exhibit at The Frick Pittsburgh in Point Breeze last year.

Tickets start at $39.99 and are available here.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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