Museo de Botero

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.

Casa de Moneda in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Casa de Moneda

Casa de Moneda in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Courtyard in the Casa de Moneda

Casa de Moneda in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Casa de Moneda

 

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.

Courtyard of Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Courtyard

Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Botero

Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Botero

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.

A drawing of Christ by Botero at Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

A drawing of Christ by Botero

Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

A painting by Botero

Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Botero

Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Botero

My personal favorites in the museum were the Mona Lisa and the sleeping politician.

Botero's Mona Lisa at Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Botero’s Mona Lisa

A political painting by Botero at Museo de Botero in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

A political painting by Botero

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