MoMa falls in love with fake Frida Kahlo quote – rt world news



The Museum of Modern Art in New York has admitted to falsely attributing a quote to famous surrealist artist Frida Kahlo. The original comment was said to have been made by a 15-year-old girl in 2008.

Monday, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) tweeted a 1940 self-portrait by Frida Kahlo accompanied by what they claimed was a quote from the Mexican artist herself.



I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but I thought there were so many people in the world, there must be someone like me who feels weird and imperfect in the same way as me. Frida Kahlo

However, three days later, the New York-based museum admitted to “wrongly attributing” the citation without providing further information.

According to an online fact checker, ‘citationinvestigator.com‘, the first appearance of this quote was on the website of the’ PostSecret ‘postal art project in March 2008. It was reportedly printed on a postcard and mailed to Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. Warren said he ran a community art project where he encouraged people to write personal secrets on homemade postcards. Some have been posted on its website.



In response to the museum on Twitter, a person claims it was their daughter, Rebecca, who wrote the postcard and secret note when she was 15. Another person also attributed the quote to a friend, “Becky“, noting the story of PostSecret.

While some people have asked MoMA to remove the original tweet, others have ridiculed the museum.
“It’s really embarrassing that you don’t check the facts of your social media posts” one person wrote, sharing an image from the original postcard.



Another person shared a meme with a fake quote from Abraham Lincoln in which the former US President proclaimed: “The problem with quotes found on the Internet is that they are often wrong.”

Kahlo, one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, was best known for her many self-portraits. The Mexican’s works were often inspired by nature and dealt with themes such as identity, the human body, and death.

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