I was really excited to visit the Museo Botero in Bogota. The maestro, Fernando Botero, is one of my favourite living artists. Botero is one of Colombia’s proudest citizens, and a living legend in Colombia.
Walk right in. We’ve been waiting for you.
Botero’s recent 80th birthday celebration in Medellin included the unveiling of his newest exhibition: Via Crusis La Pasion de Cristo. It was a grand celebration over the Easter week holiday in his hometown of Medellin. All of this was hosted at the Museo de Antioquia where he has donated some of his finest works.
Botero’s version of the famous Mona Lisa.
Botero’s works are truly global. The Via Crusis exhibition was first shown in New York before being brought to Colombia. While in Buenos Aires I was treated to a surprise: a statue sculpted by the maestro’s hands and donated to Buenos Aires.
Botero’s famous for his fat figurines.
Buenos Aires isn’t the only international city to be graced by his works. He has pieces from New York to Jerusalem, Germany to Serbia. His work has truly seen international success with people paying millions for some pieces of his work.
Another one of my fav’s: Salvador Dali in the Museo de Botero.
All this leads me to the point that going to the Museo Botero is a big deal! He’s one of the world’s greatest artists. On top of this, the museum is free to enter. You truly have nothing to lose by checking out a museum dedicated to one of Colombia’s most famous son’s.
An example of the fantastic architecture that houses the museum.
How to Get to the Museo Botero
The museum is in the La Candelaria neighbourhood in central Bogota. It’s only a couple of blocks from the Plaza Bolivar. Quite honestly, La Candelaria has very narrow streets, and is hard to navigate by cab. A cab driver can probably take you there, but it may just be easier to walk there from a major street in Central Bogota like Carrera 7. Any bus that takes you to central will get you in the right direction.
Here’s the address to the Museo de Botero: Calle 11 #4-41.