Donacion Botero Museum, Bogotá
Fernando Botero is a painter and sculptor born in Medellin in 1932. Once you’ve seen some of his work, you can spot it anywhere—His subjects look like inflated balloons! (Even the inanimate objects are fat.)
Several of his works draw from other artists—one painting is the Mona Lisa as a (very fat) child. Others are portraits of painters he knew. His third wife was Sophia Vari, also a sculptor.
One wing in the museum contains Botero’s private collection of European paintings, which he donated to the City; the rest of the museum is Botero's work. Photography is allowed.
Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. FREE Admissison
The Botero Museum is one of Bogota's great intrigues. So very obviously one of the capital's biggest attractions, it is hard to fathom why its entrance is free. Even without the artist's considerable works of art, the building alone with its all too charming courtyard would warrant inspection. Add to that perhaps the greatest collection of Botero paintings and sculptures on the planet and even the casual art fan will consider it a can't miss attraction. Set in one of Bogota’s most beautiful colonial buildings, the famed “fat” works by Botero take on a surreal aspect when inspected as such a large group. It's as if suddenly the fat figures are run-of-the-mill everyday life and in modern society one could say that just might be the case. No matter, his insightful depictions of Colombian life are at the very least intriguing and even if the museum was empty, it would be worth lingering in its drop dead gorgeous courtyard or taking refuge from the brutal mid-day sun under one of its verandas. Chuck in a few Picassos, Monets, Renoirs and even one crazy ass sculpture by Dali and you have a world class exhibit, and free no less.
Another highlight in the Bogota museum panorama is the Donacion Botero, a large collection of aintings and sculptures donated to the city by the Medellin-born artist Fernando Botero, the man who paints/sculpts fat people, fat animals, fat fruits... and so on. His worls, especially those portraying women, are very sensual.
The collection includes 123 Botero paintings, sculptures, and drawings - as well as many paintings and scultpures by artists that Botero liked a lot - mainly impressionists (see the wonderful Pissarro painting in the first exhibition room) and surrealists (
including some fine Miro, Dali and Ernst works) that were part of the artist's private collection.
The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day except on Sunday, when it closes at 5 p.m. It's closed all day on Tuesday and entrance is free. Photos are allowed, provided you don't use a flash.
Botero is one of my favourites so I had to visit this museum which houses a great collection of his work donated to the city of Bogota. He donated these paintings and sculptures on the condition it would be free and that he should oversee the construction of this wonderful museum housed in a restored colonial building. Paintings of other world famous painters are also in display, such as Monet, Picasso, Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec, Max Ernst and more.
Open Mon-Sat 9:00am-7:00pm and Sundays 10:00-5:00pm
Fernando Botero is the most famous painter and sculptor of Colombia. His paintings and sculptures can be found in museums around the world. And in squares in several big cities, both in Colombia and the rest of the world, you can see his sculptures. Characteristic of Botero’s works are the fat, very round people or animals.
The Botero collection is a quite new museum. It opened up in 2000 and contains art donated by the artist Botero. There are many paintings and sculptures made by Botero himself, but also works of other famous artists like Dalí, Picasso, Chagall, Renoir and Monet. The museum is absolutely worth a visit.
The museum is closed on Tuesdays. It is open on Monday and Wednesday - Saturday between 10 - 19. And on Sunday between 10 - 19.
Entrance is free.
Donacion Botero Museum is a recently-opened museum where there is a floor showcasing Colombia's famous artist Fernando Botero's sculptures and paintings of fat subjects.
Other artworks by Monet, Picasso, Miro, etc... are also displayed. It is a lovely museum, though not as large a collection as Museo de Antioquia in Medellin.
The courtyard is also very pretty to wander about.
Next door to this museum is Casa de la Moneda which displays a collection of old Colombian coins.
Both were strangely opened on a Monday when I was there, but do check out opening hours.
The Donacion Botero, more comonly known as the Botero Museum, is a collection containing 208 peices of art, including 123 by Fernando Botero himself, the rest including such international names as Picasso and Salvador Dali to name just a few.
Even if you are not a fan of art, it would not be a bad idea to go here just to familiarize yourself with Boteros very unique style, which you will invariably see everywhere you go in the country in the form of paintings in cafes or public sculpures in some towns. While early Botero works were kinda abstract, sometime in the 60's he came into himself creating his unique style. All (or at least the huge majority) of Boteros subsequent works have had this 'pudgy' look to them, be it people, animals, cityscapes or fruit. I loved the Botero-ization of the Mona Lisa!
All the Boteros you will see here were donated by him. The museum opened in 2000.
Admission is free. Mon & Wed-Sat, 9am-7pm. Sun, 10am-5pm.