Thursday, May 23, 2013

Museo Botero, Bogota, Colombia (Day 2 Part 1)

To start my second day in Bogota, I went to the Museo Botero, which came highly recommended.  The museum houses works by Fernando Botero, perhaps the most well-known Colombian artist in the world (who would, coincidentally, turn 81 just a few days after I left Bogota).  He is famous for depicting individuals as obese; accordingly, a work by Botero is instantly recognizable (as you'll see in a moment).  The museum houses an underrated collection of other fine art, as well, including works by Impressionists and post-Impressionists.  Photos are permitted in the museum, so I took full advantage of this privilege.  

The Museo Botero is located in La Candelaria, a short walk from Plaza de Bolivar.

The admission is FREE, so if you're in Bogota for a few days, you really have no excuse to not see the museum.

This sculpture greets you (perhaps literally) as you enter.

Camille Pissarro

Gustave Caillebotte

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Pierre Bonnard

Claude Monet

Edouard Vuillard

Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot

Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot

Fernando Botero = "Caballo" (1998)

Botero = "Monalisa" (1978)

Botero = "El bano" (1993)

Botero = "El estudio" (1990)

Botero = "Una familia" (1989)

Botero = "Pareja bailando" (1987)

Botero = "La carta" (1976)

Botero = "Guerrilla de Eliseo Velasquez" (1988)

The central courtyard of the Museo Botero.

Botero = "Hombre a caballo" (1994)

Lucien Freud

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

George Grosz

Edgar Degas

Balthus

Pablo Picasso

Fernand Leger (French, but obviously a fan of Colombia)

Alberto Giacometti

Pablo Picasso

Joan Miro

Chaim Soutine

Georges Rouault

Giorgio De Chirico

Max Beckmann

Paul Delvaux

Pablo Picasso

Marc Chagall

Salvador Dali = "Busto retrospectivo de mujer" (1933-1977)

Botero = "Pareja" (1993)

Botero = "Terremoto en Popayan" (1999)

Botero = "El ladron" (1980)

Botero = "Un pueblo" (1998)

Botero = "Naturaleza muerta con helado" (1990)

Botero = "La playa" (1998)

From the courtyard, Cerro Monserrate (a major mountain above Bogota) was plainly visible.

The church atop Monserrate.

Two works by Botero

Botero = "La muerte tocando guitarra" (1980)

Botero = "Madre e hijo" (1993)

Botero = "Madre superiora" (1994)

Botero = "Crucifixion" (1991)

Botero = "Pedrito" (1997)

Francis Bacon

Sculptures in one of the galleries (Botero and presumably non-Botero).

Wifredo Lam's "Totem" (1957), part 1

Wifredo Lam's "Totem" (1957), part 2

The second half of Day 2 is coming up soon.  Stay tuned.

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