A Madonna-Frida Kahlo Controversy, Hirst Backdating Scrutiny Grows, Critics Pan New Royal Portrait, and More: Morning Links for May 22, 2024

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MADONNA-KAHLO MISUNDERSTANDING. Madonna sparked outrage among Frida Kahlo devotees after she posted online about an experience trying on Kahlo’s clothing and jewelry in the artist’s former home in Mexico, reports Le Figaro. Many believed Madonna was referring to the Frida Kahlo Museum, or the Casa Azul, and berated the institution for allowing her to risk damaging precious Mexican artifacts. In an Instagram post captioned, “A Beautiful Souvenir – visiting the family home of my Eternal Muse,” Madonna had said it was “magical to try on [Kahlo’s] clothes and jewelry.” But not all were charmed. “That is a Mexican national treasure, I wonder how much she paid to those running the [museum] to get that special treatment … it is a travesty [sic],” wrote Pilly Alvarado on the pop star’s post. The Museo Frida Kahlo has since issued a statement clarifying that Madonna never even visited the museum, and that Kahlo’...


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A Madonna-Frida Kahlo Controversy, Hirst Backdating Scrutiny Grows, Critics Pan New Royal Portrait, and More: Morning Links for May 22, 2024