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Strike a pose: Do yoga inside Denver’s Frida Khalo exhibit

Brittany Anas

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You can take yoga classes inside Denver's Frida Khalo exhibit.Lifeway Kefir/Lighthouse Immersive

By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) With larger-than-life, brilliant self-portraits of legendary artist Frida Khalo looming in the backdrop, Denverites can now practice yoga in an immersive art gallery.

Following the popularity of the Van Gogh immersive exhibit that debuted in Denver and a Monet
one that popped up nationally, Mexican artist Frida Khalo’s work is the latest to get the multi-sensory, digital treatment with some of her most popular paintings projected in a 360-degree gallery, accompanied by composer Luca Longobari’s resonant score that blends electronic and piano music.

But in addition to touring the gallery at Lighthouse Denver (3900 Elati St.), art lovers can also sign up for 35-minute customized yoga flow classes in the space.

The art-meets-yoga workout is choreographed to sync with the music, sounds, light and moving images from Kahlo’s vast oeuvre of masterpieces. Instructors from The River Yoga lead the classes.

Yoga classes are scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Tickets cost $54.99 per person and spots can be reserved here. Guests need to bring their yoga mats.

What’s the Immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit?

Denver is among a few cities debuting the “Immersive Frida Kahlo” exhibit, which was designed by creative director and Italian film producer Massimiliano Siccardi.

The exhibit, which is in town through May 30, includes more than 70 projectors illuminating more than 500,000 square feet so Kahlo’s vibrant paintings circle visitors.

A bus accident that badly injured Kahlo when she was 18 inspired her art career. Confined to bed, her parents encouraged her to paint, making her a special easel so that she could paint in bed. Her parents attached mirrors to her bedpost to help her create self-portraits. She once said: “I paint myself because I am often alone and I am the subject I know best.”

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The Immersive Frida Kahlo debuts in Denver runs through May 30, 2022.Kyle Flubacker

Interest in Kahlo’s work grew significantly after her 1954 death. Her Blue House (La Casa Azul) in Mexico City opened as a museum in 1958, and, in the 1970s, the feminist movement fueled interest in her work as she was viewed as an iconic female artist. Then, in 2002, the biographical drama film, “Frida,” was released depicting the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican artist.

Some of Kahlo’s best-known pieces are brought to life in the immersive exhibit, including “The Two Fridas,” “The Wounded Deer” and “Diego and I,” an oil painting that recently sold for nearly $35 million, according to The New York Times.

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