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A Must See In Bogotá: Museo Botero

Botero Museum In Candelaria: Curated By The Maestro Himself


Fernando Botero is quite possibly my favorite living artist. So to see this museum, curated by the maestro himself – well, it was astonishing!

His signature style, also known as “Boterismo“, depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece.


Botero is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America, and his corpulent art can be found in highly visible places around the world, from Park Avenue to the Champs-Élysées. I spent the morning in this museum built around a flower and tree-lined courtyard which also houses a few Picassos, and works by Dali, Matisse, Calder, Kandinsky and others.

The remarkable thing is that Botero is still working at age 83 — many of these paintings were dated 1999 and later . What a privilege!botero4

Whether you are familiar with Botero’s work or not, this museum is so well-curated that it is simply a must-see when in Bogotá. You can easily spend a couple of hours here. It’s an excellent representation of the Maestro’s opus – more of which you will find in his hometown of Medellín.

Museo Botero
Calle 11 # 4-41 Candelaria/Bogotá
Monday-Saturday 9AM -7PM
Sundays and Holidays 10AM-5PM
Closed Tuesdays

[Colombia 2015]

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