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Madonna lends Kahlo art to Tate
Kahlo took up painting following a tram accident in Mexico City
Pop star Madonna has lent two items from her art collection to the Tate Modern, for an upcoming exhibition of works by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Self-Portrait with Monkey and My Birth, described by Madonna as two of her favourite works, will be exhibited at the London gallery from 9 June.

They will be among items in the first major UK exhibition of Kahlo's work in over 20 years.

Kahlo, known for her bold, colourful paintings, died in 1954 aged 47.

A self-taught artist, Kahlo wanted to become a doctor but turned to art in 1925 after a tram accident left her temporarily bedridden.

She sustained multiple injuries and was in and out of hospital for the rest of her life.

Stormy marriage

Works like The Broken Column (1944), which depicts Kahlo's semi-nude body strapped and pinned with nails, dealt with the pain of her decaying health in later years.

My Birth (1932), the second painting on loan from Madonna, depicts a headless woman giving birth to Kahlo.

The painter met and fell in love with celebrated muralist Diego Rivera in 1927, but the couple had a stormy marriage.

Their relationship was explored in Frida, the 2002 biopic of the artist which won Salma Hayek an Oscar nomination.

Rediscovered by art collectors in the 1980s, Kahlo is now recognised as one of the great artists of the 20th Century.

She produced around 140 oil paintings in her lifetime, 60 of which will go on display at London's Tate Modern until October.

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