Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bogota Museums - Casa Botero

Written by Karen.
I readily admit it....we like museums. And Bogota has a lot of museums. Some are better than others, but we manage to learn something from each of them.  

We haven't made a dent yet with all of the museum opportunities that are available, but we have visited quite a few so far: The National Museum; The Museum of Gold; The Police Museum; Casa Botero; The Mint House Museum; and, the Charles Darwin exhibit sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.

Over the next few weeks, I will highlight a few of the more memorable museums that we have visited so far.  

The Casa Botero and the Mint House Museum are co-located together in a quiet and picturesque block of the La Candelaria (Old Town) area of Bogota. Both museums have exhibits spread throughout multiple rooms of an old colonial-style building with courtyards and babbling fountains as you pass through to the next exhibit.  It is a quiet and peaceful environment for a museum and it was pleasant to spend a few hours wandering through the various exhibits. I also appreciated seeing art by other well-known artists, while becoming aware of some new artists.  Cost: Free.

Casa Botero houses a fairly extensive collection of Fernando Botero's artwork.  Fernando is a Colombian painter and sculpter who is best known for his exaggerated depictions of life, people and events. Below are four pictures (and one at the beginning of this post) that highlight his exaggerated artistic style, as well as two paintings that are more abstract in nature.

In addition to the art created by Fernando Botero, there were other exhibits by artists that I enjoyed that included: Bursztyn, Picasso, Chagall, Giacometti, Dali, Renoir, Zerda, Porras, Caballero, Montoya, Roda, Villamizar, and Weidemann.  In no particular order, below are pictures that represent the various artwork by these artists.

Feliza Bursztyn
Alberto Giacometti
Salvador Dali
Pablo Picasso
Marc Chagall 
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Luis Caballero
Eugenio Zerda
Cecilia Porras
Judith Marquez Montoya
Juan Antonio Rodo
Eduardo Ramirez Villamizar
Guillermo Wiedemann

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