Even though it’s not dedicated exclusively to Botero’s work, Museo de Antioquia, located across from Plaza Botero, in downtown Medellin, has three halls containing his paintings and sculptures. The last sculpture Botero donated to Medellin was The Cat, in 2012, which is installed at Parque Biblioteca San Cristóbal. However, the artist’s relationship with Medellin doesn’t involve just donations and exclusive exhibition halls for his work. Botero himself stressed the importance of the city in his artistic life, even though he left at the age of 18 to live between France, Italy and New York. The Cathedral, the cantinas, the politicians, the neighborhood of Lovaina, Plaza de Toros... Such works as Louis XVI on a Visit to Medellin were used to explain the history of the Antioqueña capital. For all this, it’s unlikely that even the most unprepared visitor doesn’t discover why Medellin is known as the City of Botero.
Colombian sculptor and painter, Fernando Botero (Medellín, 1932) is one of Latin American most internationally renowned living artists. His work, known for portraying figures and people in exaggerated volume, is present in 46 museums worldwide, including the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota.
Text Mauricio Builes
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