A popular art museum in Bogotá is the Museo de Botero, featuring several works of art by Fernando Botero. It displays over 100 sculptures, paintings, and drawings donated by the artist, including some of his most important works. It’s located in La Candelaria.
Casa de Moneda
The museum is connected to the Casa de Moneda, an old mint founded in 1621. The building is now a museum about the history of coins. Only a courtyard separates it from the Museo de Botero, and both are free of charge.
Museo de Botero
The Museo de Botero is comprised of several galleries on two floors with a beautiful flowered courtyard in the center. Some of the galleries contain works by artists other than Botero. We visited those galleries and then saw some of Botero’s sculptures.
Botero creates his subjects using exaggerated volume, whether it’s humans, animals, or objects. The works often evoke either laughter or sadness, or criticism, and many are politically motivated. The other major gallery he donated his art to is the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín.
My personal favorites in the museum were the Mona Lisa and the sleeping politician.
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