Museo de Antioquia

The Museo de Antioquia sits on Plaza Botero opposite the Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe. It’s the 2nd oldest museum in Colombia and worth a visit. It features several works of art, including many important paintings and sculptures by Fernando Botero. Admission to the museum is COP$12,000 for Colombians and residents and COP$18,000 for foreigners. It’s open daily except May 1, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Museo de Antioquia

The building opened in 1937 as Medellín’s city hall. It was converted to a museum in 2000. It has two courtyards. One has tall palms and a fountain while the other is used as a café.

Courtyard at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Courtyard

 

Botero’s Personal Collection

We started off in a gallery displaying some great pieces from artists around the world. They were part of Fernando Botero’s personal collection and donated to the museum.

Rome, by Raymond Mason (England), 1989 at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Rome, by Raymond Mason (England), 1989

Broadway Looking Towards Columbus Circle, by Richard Estes (USA), 2002 at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Broadway Looking Towards Columbus Circle, by Richard Estes (USA), 2002

Concert Expansion, by Armand Fernández (USA), 1991 at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Concert Expansion, by Armand Fernández (USA), 1991

 

Botero Galleries

Next, we walked through the Botero galleries. There are over 100 pieces of art donated by the Medellín native, including sculptures and paintings. 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 many works to is Museo de Botero in Bogotá.

A political work by Botero at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

A political work by Botero

A prostitute by Botero at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

A prostitute by Botero

Botero's Christ at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Botero’s Christ

Some of the most important and well-known pieces include his depiction of the death of Pablo Escobar.

Botero's depiction of the death of Pablo Escobar at Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Botero’s depiction of the death of Pablo Escobar

Botero's depiction of the death of Pablo Escobar at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Botero’s depiction of the death of Pablo Escobar

 

Temporary Exhibition

We then visited a temporary exhibition of modern art created by young artists from all over the world. As usual, I didn’t get most of it, but some works showing the objectification of women got every visitor’s attention.

Temporary exhibition at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Young artists’ temporary exhibition

Temporary exhibition at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Temporary exhibition

Temporary exhibition at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Temporary exhibition

 

Other Galleries

We finished our tour of the museum by going through a gallery displaying ceramic art from pre-Columbian times to the present, a portrait gallery, and a religious art gallery.

Ceramic art gallery at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Ceramic art gallery

Portrait gallery at Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Portrait gallery

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