Advantages Really different art, FREE!, open Mondays
Disadvantages Doesn't look that accessible
The Museo Botero was one of the first museums I visited in Bogota, but I've been back again since because it's one I rather like. Initially I went because it was open on a Monday (few are), from 9am (most are 10am) and free all week (most only waive the entrance fee on a Sunday), and because it was near work - I was killing time waiting for the director to come in as my class had been cancelled.
Born in 1932, Botero is "the most Colombian of Colombian artists", at least if you ask him at any rate. His distinctive style is, to put it bluntly, all things fat. Note how I didn't say people - he can make animals, food and plants just as tubby as his personal models. You can get an idea of his style here:http://www.banrepcultural.org/museos-y-coleccione s/museo-botero/fernando-botero
The museum is one in a complex maze of museums, but since all are free you can just wander from one to another, seeing what you find along the way. Because of the hilly nature of Bogota, the museum's entrance is sort of below street level, and accessed via a steep set of stone steps, which look like they are concealing a sheer drop right up until you are literally at the edge.This is a very laid back place to visit as there is no ticket booth to queue at, and for the most part there's no enforced bag check so you really can just wander in off the street or, at the most extreme, use it as a shortcut from one Carrera to another. To get directly to the Museo Botero, you go in the entrance and turn right. It's then the next entrance on the right. Something a little odd about the museum is that it features more than just Botero's work. This is especially peculiar because there are multiple art museums in the complex, so you'd think they could have roped off a corner just for Botero, and integrated the remaining pieces into the other collections. If you want the Botero pieces you need to turn left once you're in the museum itself. If you go right you'll find pieces from everyone but him.
This collection has been in its current form since being donated by Botero in 2000. There are approximately 123 pieces by him (pencil drawings, painted canvases, sculptures and carvings). In addition, the museum has more than 80 pieces from perhaps more well known international artists including Renoir, Dalí, Delvaux, Picasso and Miró.
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