10 Things You Need to Know About Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo has received years of posthumous recognition, but next year the Mexican painter will be honored in a special way at the New York Botanical Garden.

According to The New York Times, the botanical garden will launch "Frida Kahlo’s Garden," an exhibition that will explore Kahlo's obsession with flowers and the vegetable world. It will include rare paintings by Kahlo and a re-creation of her studio and garden in La Casa Azul -- her home in Mexico City. The dedication to Kahlo will open May 16, 2015 and run through November 1, 2015.

In anticipation of the New York Botanical Garden's exhibit, here are 10 things you need to know about the late Frida Kahlo:

1. Born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon

1. Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico in her parents’ home known as La Casa Azul (Blue House).

2. La Casa Azul

2. Kahlo lived her life in La Casa Azul, a blue house that today has been transformed into the Frida Kahlo Museum.

3. Parents

3. Frida Kahlo’s father Guillermo Kahlo was born in 1871 in Pforzheim, Germany and her mother Matilde Calderón y González, was of Amerindian and Spanish ancestry.

4. Bus Accident

4. At the age of 18, Kahlo suffered a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder, as the result of a bus accident. An iron handrail also pierced her abdomen and her uterus, which hindered her ability to reproduce.

5. Diego Rivera

5. Against her mother’s wishes, Kahlo married Mexican painter Diego Rivera in 1929. Kahlo and Rivera’s marriage was a troubled one. The two had hot tempers and cheated on one another numerous times.

6. Affairs

6. Frida Kahlo was openly bisexual and had affairs with both men and women, including Isamu Noguchi and Josephine Baker.

7. Divorce and Remarriage

7. Kahlo divorced Rivera in November 1939 only to remarry him in December 1940, but the marriage never really improved.

8. Art to Pass the Time

8. Before launching her painting career, Kahlo studied medicine. The Mexican painter immersed herself in the world of art following her intense bus accident as a means to pass the time.

9. Self-Portraits

9. Many of Kahlo’s works were self-portraits. "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best," she once said.

10. Death

10. Kahlo died on July 13, 1954, days after her 47th birthday. "I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida," she wrote in her diary days before her passing.