Brooch/ pendant


Store:  Drents Museum

Hellen van Berkel has designed this brooch, that can also be worn as a pendant on a necklace. Handmade by artisans in Calcutta.

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Hellen van Berkel has designed this handmade Frida Kahlo brooch. This 100% handmade art piece can be worn as a brooch, but also as a pendant on a necklace. The brooch comes in a pretty little box. It also comes with a sticker that can be used to hang the box on your wall, like your own little treasure.

These bead and needle brooches are handmade in a small Calcutta workshop, where master embroidery artists and craftsmen take pride in their work. Their skills are often passed from father to son. By collaborating with them, Hellen van Berkel wants to support and celebrate this time-consuming process of hand embroidery and its heritage.


This Frida Kahlo brooch was made using bead and needle embroidery.
Height: 7 cm.

Viva la Frida!

The Viva la Frida! exhibition will present a unique combination of Kahlo’s art and personal objects, for which the Drents Museum is working together with Museo Dolores Olmedo and Museo Frida Kaho (formerly the Casa Azul or the Blue House) in Mexico City. A few works borrowed from other collections will complete Viva la Frida.

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is without doubt one of the best-known and most popular artists in the world. Her impressive works of art, turbulent life and unusual lifestyle turned her into a global icon and a cult figure. A devastating bus crash resulted in her suffering great pain and having to undergo numerous operations throughout her life. Her great love for art, her husband (artist Diego Rivera), and Mexico and its Indigenous culture gave her the strength to carry on. She painted self-portraits interwoven with symbolism reflecting her private life. Many of her works were inspired by her tempestuous relationship with Rivera and her body. She broke all the taboos of her time and became a cult figure. Her art and lifestyle have inspired many other artists.

The exhibition will be on at the Drents Museum from 8 October 2021 to 27 March 2022.

Next to this Frida Kahlo brooch, the museum shop also offers different Frida-themed items, such as a crochet, bag and scarf.


Hellen van Berkel


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