Alban Berg’s 12-tone opera, Lulu,
My blogging sabbatical away from politics continues, but here’s some operatic tragedy for the weekly opera fix, with Bryn & Jonas,
The world’s most narcissistic painter is back in the news, this time over – yes, again – her image:
It comes after the toy company Mattel launched a range of new Barbie dolls based on “Inspiring Women” – Kahlo among them.
In a statement, the family insisted Mattel was not authorised to base a doll on Kahlo.
But both the Frida Kahlo Corporation and Mattel have rejected the claims.
The artist with the famous unibrow was famous for her self-portraits and became a feminist icon. Since she died in 1954, her image has generated an array of consumer products, from tequila to lip gloss.
It is not the first FridaK toy. There’s the Frida Kahlo Surrealist Artist Action Figure Doll:
Salma Hayek doesn’t like the Frida Barbie,
“Frida Kahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else,” wrote Hayek. “She celebrated her uniqueness. How could they turn her into a Barbie?”
I don’t like it, because of a different reason: Kahlo was a devoted communist. I also don’t like the idea of dolls as role models, but Kahlo’s communism by itself is reason enough.
George Friderich Handel, 1741,
From the Cathedral in Freiburg,
Barbara Bonney – soprano
Matthias Goerne – baritone
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
The Freiburger Domsingknaben
Karl Richter, director.
BBC Radio music version,
Video of Suite No. 1,