This extraordinary gourmand find was discovered while looking up exhibition information on a new art exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta that starts on Valentine’s Day February 14, the Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, which runs through May 12, 2013. The object: the Day of the Dead Corkscrew.
This artistically rendered corkscrew was inspired by Mexico’s annual Day of the Dead celebration, or Dia de los Muertos, which is essentially the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, November 1 and 2. It is as much a celebration of food and drink as it is the remembering of those who are no longer with us.
A central theme in the Dia de los Muertos festival are edible calavera sugar skulls, skeletons as well as coffins, also a fascination of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo ever since her near-fatal accident during her teen years.
Sugar skulls have also become a popular fashion motif, adopted by designers such as Ed Hardy and his tattoo inspired artwork with skulls, hearts, roses and daggers.
For Frida Kahlo and Mexican food fans, there’s also a very good cookbook, Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo, by Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera.
The Day of the Dead Skull Corkscrew was designed by Stephanie Suarez for the Ariel Rojo Design Studio for the Kikkerland Mexico Design Challenge submitted in 2011.
The solid steel Skull Corkscrew, sized 8'' x 3'' x 1-1/2'', is much like other double lever corkscrews of its kind except for the added appearance of a stylized skull at the top, a ribcage and jointed skeletal arms, making it perfect for Halloween or anytime!
Salma Hayek was also an extraordinary choice to play Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film “Frida,” also starring British Actor Alfred Molina as Rivera.
Enjoy my slideshow and the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition in Atlanta or visit some of their works online…