Arguably one of the most revolutionary and striking figures in art, Frida Kahlo requires little introduction. Famously married to muralist Diego Rivera, when Kahlo passed away in 1954, Rivera locked away her possessions in the Blue House, Mexico City for over 50 years. But earlier this month, the V&A opened the doors to Frida: Making Her Self Up – an exhibition designed to showcase a selection of these previously unseen artefacts – many of which have never travelled outside of Mexico.
Alongside an evocative exhibition design by stage designer Tom Scutt and architects Gibson Thornley, the team at BOB Design were brought on board to bring the 2D graphics of the exhibition to life. We spoke to BOB’s creative director Mireille Burkhardt and designer Apsara Flury to find out more about the year-long process. From guide books to object labels, captions and wall panels, they detail how they created a sophisticated and deceptively simple visual language, that is not only intriguing but wholly inclusive. Here, they talk typography, working with a huge team and how exhibitions can tell a story.