Fernando Botero: the Colombian artist exhibits for the first time in Belgium – Art and Theater – Culture

Paintings and sculptures collected from collections around the world bring Belgian audiences closer to the characteristic style of the voluminous figures on display ‘Fernando Botero, beyond the forms’. It is an extensive retrospective exhibition of the Colombian painter and sculptor from its beginnings in the 1940s to the present day,

The proposal can be visited from this Saturday, October 9 to January 30, 2022. The curator of the exhibition, Cecilia Braschi, explained that this exhibition represents a first approach of Botero’s work to the Belgian public, in which an attempt will be made to teach “a little beyond the common imagination”.

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Power and resounding forms are revealed in the show.

“His work is a concentration of the exaltation of form,” explained Braschi, but behind these figures “there is great complexity”, since through them he transmits “a familiar, supportive and ironic vision of society”, thus as a critical assessment of the “violence and injustice of his time.”

In addition, many of the content and messages transmitted by his paintings continue to be current, such as the migration, refugees or sexist violence. A total of 120 works from private collections and museums in various countries have been compiled for this exhibition. Some of them come from the collection of the Fundación Llórente in Bogotá, the Pinacoteca de Arte Moderno in Munich and the Guggenheim museum from New York.

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Fernando Botero exhibition

The artist Fernando Botero exhibits 120 works at the BAM ..


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In particular, the curator highlighted the works loaned by the University of Berkeley in California, in which Botero painted some tortured men, inspired by the violent acts committed in prison Abu Ghraib from Iraq in 2004. “This is a series little known in Europe, but completely emblematic of the political commitment that Botero also has towards the society of his time,” said Braschi.

From the beginning, her works “allow us to understand the artist’s journey towards this particular style that we all know, of exalted volumes and monumental forms,” ​​explained the curator. Some of the paintings exceed two meters in height, such as the ‘Profile character’ from 1962, in charcoal and chalk on canvas, in which you can see “how Botero was really a great draftsman” and had a “great technical experience” that he used with “incredible ease, since the 60s”, he stressed.

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Fernando Botero exhibition in Belgium.

Some of his sculptures will also be seen.

Botero’s bronze sculptures, which can be found from Medellín to Singapore to Madrid, are iconic pieces of his work that can be easily recognized. In the museum you can see a series of sculptures with silhouettes of women, as well as a peculiar table in which there are food utensils and fruits of disproportionate sizes.

Fernando Botero exhibition in Belgium.

A peculiar piece in which there are fruits of disproportionate size.

As an extension of the exhibition, with the aim of bringing Botero’s work even closer to citizens, a monumental sculpture was placed in the Plaza de Mons, a Belgian city that was the European Capital of Culture in 2015.

Although Botero has not been able to go to Belgium To visit the exhibition, Braschi explained that he is following “this work with great enthusiasm” and has contributed his help to the organization. This exhibition is the continuation of the BAM museum project to explore the work of the great artists of the 20th century, from Keith Haring to Niki de Saint Phalle, passing through Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle y Roy Lichtenstein.




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