Arts center caught in lawsuit over Kahlo exhibit

This undated photo provided by the New York Botanical Garden, a 1940 painting entitled “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,” by Frida Kahlo is shown. The painting will join more than a dozen works by the artist at an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx borough of New York. The exhibition runs from May 16 to Nov. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Frida Kahlo via The New York Botanical Garden)

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A German museum operator has filed a lawsuit that could close a Munster exhibit featuring replicas of work by a famed Mexican painter.

The Center for Visual and Performing Arts is displaying replicas of Frida Kahlo’s work. But a German company says the works belong to it.

The Times reports South Shore Arts paid about $20,000 to Global Entertainment 2 for rights to exhibit the work. The popular exhibit opened Nov. 16 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 25.

The exhibit features more than 100 hand-painted, licensed recreations of Kahlo’s paintings executed in her Magic Realist style. It also includes clothing, jewelry, artifacts and photographs.

The German firm says Global Entertainment failed to pay an agreed amount and wants the items transferred to a climate-controlled location.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

 

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