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