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Photographic portrait of Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray

Photographic portrait of Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray

Frida Kahlo photo exhibition

Frida Kahlo — Portraits of an Icon is a free exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, until 26 June. The 50 photographic portraits of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo span her life, beginning with a photograph of her as a two year old and ending with the image of Kahlo on her deathbed.

Henri Texier
Touring from 13 March

A well known figure in European jazz, Henri Texier is recognised both as a gifted composer and bass virtuoso. Born in Paris in 1945, Texier went on to work with the likes of Bud Powell, Dexter Gordon and Don Cherry.

This tour explores two contrasting sides of Texier’s current work. His trio opens with an evocative response to Jean-Louis Bertuccelli’s 1970 film Remparts d’Argile. In the second half Texier’s Strada sextet perform works from their new album Vivre.

Henri Texier plays in Southampton, London, Nottingham, Brighton, Manchester, Birmingham and Gateshead.
Jane Trainer

A Doll’s House
Directed by Matthew Lloyd
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds,
until 19 March

When Ibsen first wrote this play in 1879 it was seen as incredibly shocking because of its portrayal of women, with audience members walking out and the press calling for the play to be closed.

This production still feels incredibly contemporary with Tanya Moodie giving a brilliant performance as Nora. This is a great play, do go and see it if you can.
Ken McDonald

Matisse, his art and textiles: the fabric of dreams
Royal Academy, London
until 30 May
Phone 020 7300 8000

Matisse grew up in an area of France without galleries or museums. But there was a thriving textile industry. This exhibition brings together some of the textiles that Matisse collected during his lifetime.

It ranges from cheap scraps of tapestry from Parisian market stalls, to oriental carpets and fabric from the Congo. You can really see the collection’s influence on his work.
Norah Rushington

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Sat 12 Mar 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1942
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