Fernando Botero has done something that few artists achieve: his works are one of a kind. We invite you to appreciate the works of the master during your stay in Medellin.
Botero 's works are close, easy to understand.
They are close, easy to understand, and without coded messages, as the artists says. He believes in direct art, the one that needs no explanation, "just like ancient art”.
During the last three decades of the 20th century, Botero painted religious figures "mainly, clergy members like bishops, cardinals, nuns, and mother superiors, who are often painted in full-length, posing placidly or in unusual situations".
Moreover, he has made it in a funny way, "with certain friendly irony, paintings subtly refer to the idleness and the contemplative lives of these people."
Bulls have been one of his great inspirations. Since the beginning of his career, in the 1940s, Botero used to draw bullfighting scenes that he would later transform into oil and watercolor paintings exhibited worldwide. He showed his first drawings of bulls and bullfighters in Rafael Perez’s store, where fans bought the tickets for the bullring; and that was when, for COP $2, his first work was sold.
Ex-voto (1970) is one of the most important works of the Museum of Antioquia. It was the first work donated by Fernando Botero to the museum in 1975, and it marked the beginning of a series of donations (paintings and sculptures) that the artist gave to the museum. With Ex-voto, Botero took part in the Second Art Biennial of Coltejer, held in Medellin in 1970. With a hint of humor, he presented himself as a winner "perhaps because —as he said— he suspected that he wouldn’t win," reads the description of the Museum of Antioquia.
In 2012, on the occasion of the celebration of his 80th birthday, Fernando Botero donated to the Museum of Antioquia the whole series Viacrucis, la pasión de Cristo. After being showed in Medellin, this work has been exhibited in other cities of Colombia, as well as in different museums in countries like Panama and Chile.
It was in the late 90s when Botero began painting a series of works about violence in Colombia. "The violence appeared in my head, so I knew that I had to paint and make a statement of the horror I felt, given the circumstances of the country," explained Botero in an interview for the Brazilian press in 2000. He also stated that his paintings have always been inspired by his relationship with Colombia.
That’s the world of Fernando Botero, the universal artist born in Medellin, the city that today houses one of the largest samples of all his creation.
Life of Botero
We invite you to look at Medellin through the unique style of the artist. The Museum of Antioquia and the Botero Plaza are must-see places in Medellin.
The legacy of the master.
Walking along the Medellin downtown and seeing Botero’s works, allows us to meet the cultural customs of the city and connect ourselves with a constant renewal that uses art and culture as vital axes for this purpose.
Ciudad Botero speaks of the permanent evolution that the city has undergone in recent years, as the artist, through his donations, has transformed the face and the history of an important sector of the city with an attitude that goes beyond the limits of art itself; aiming at the goal that Medellin can reach as society.
Since the opening of the new Museum of Antioquia in 2000, the institution safeguards the world’s largest collection of works of the artist, contains his most complete personal file named Botero Documentation Center, and exhibits 23 monumental pieces in the Sculptures Plaza.
Medellin is the city of Fernando Botero, his point of departure and return, the city where he was born and in which he lived his beginning as a young artist. The city of his memories, which he took with him when he decided to go to Europe.
The Medellin of Botero was then, and is still in his paintings, the Medellin of his childhood in the 1930s and 1940s. That city of houses with orange-tile roofs, courtyards, vegetable gardens, and generous pantries; with small colored balconies from where men and women looked out the cobbled streets and stared at the church, the center of the village life.
Botero Plaza has 23 monumental sculptures of the master. This place, besides being one of the most significant works of urban renewal in the downtown, has become an important reference point for tourists and locals.
The Museum of Antioquia is the home of Fernando Botero in Medellin. It is the place where a great part of his work is permanently housed and exhibited. The growth of the museum has been directly related to donations made by the master to the institution.
Museum of Antioquia
A city that’s proud of Botero’ artwork.
No trip to Medellin is complete without visiting the Museum of Antioquia, which houses the largest art collection in the region open to the public.
At the Museum of Antioquia 108 works of Fernando Botero are exhibited.
A museum where the creativity and talent of the Paisas are on full display.
This is the perfect place to appreciate pre-Hispanic, Republican and contemporary artwork by national and international artists.
This vibrant museum has a total of 17 permanent exhibition: Murals, Manuel Uribe Angel Room, Portraits from the nineteenth century and Pedrito´s Botero room.
Botero, symbol of paisa talent and strength.
The Museum of Antioquia.
The museum features the largest collection of public art in the region.
His creations lie in public spaces such as the Plaza Botero where visitors can take pictures with bronze sculptures made by this renowned artist.
This is a museum of open doors, you'll want to come back every time you're on a tour of the capital of Antioquia.
Address: Carrera 52 Nº 52 – 43.
Service Hours: Monday - Saturday : 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday and holidays: 10:00 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: COP $10.000.
Botero Sculptures Plaza
The cultural and artistic legacy donated by Antioquian artist Fernando Botero can be seen by all visitors to Medellín.
El Parque de las Esculturas (The Park of Sculptures) in Medellín, the only open-air museum in the city, is located in the heart of the city center.
The Park of Sculptures has enough room throughout its 7,500 square meters to provide entertainment for locals and visitors alike.
The Parque de las Esculturas, or Botero Plaza, as it is also known, is located in one of the most characteristic and traditional areas of the city and sits next to the
Berrío Park, the Antioquia Museum, the Palace of Culture, and the Nutibara Hotel. This privileged location not only turns it into an art and cultural epicenter, but also makes it a must-see spot for all tourists and visitors to the city.
The Park has become a symbol and example of social transformation in the city, as the area where it is located was previously extremely underdeveloped and neglected. Nowadays, the park has turned this area into a place for fun and wholesome entertainment, which reflects the idiosyncrasies of the locals from Medellín.
Botero Sculptures Plaza
The Park of Sculptures includes 23 works of art from the renowned artist Fernando Botero.
Although the plaza, which is located in front of the Museum of Antioquia, was built in 1999, it wasn’t until 2002 that the sculptures generously donated by the artist Fernando Botero were placed in the open air plaza. Many of these magnificent sculptures have been showcased around the world in places like Paris, New York, and Madrid to name a few.
Visitors can pose next to these giant bronze sculptures and feel the charm of Antioquian art.
This locale has found its place in the hearts of so many. In turn, they treasure it as a one-of-a-kind place to experience art in Medellín.
The Museum of Antioquia is committed to providing cultural and artistic spaces in the city so that citizens and visitors alike can enjoy them. This is why, with the Botero Plaza, the museum undertakes conservation processes every six months on all the sculptures located there—following strict indications by the artist himself—so that this great plaza can last throughout the years.