Discover the life and works of one of Colombia's best-known artists, Fernando Botero, on a 3-hour guided tour through Medellín. Explore the Museum of Antioquia, where more than 100 of Botero's paintings are on display, and visit the Plaza de las Esculturas, home to over 20 Botero statues. A highlight of this art tour is Botero's Pájaro de Paz statue, which was destroyed by a bomb and later replaced with an exact Botero replica. The remnants of the original and the newer version now stand side by side.
Fernando Botero Art Tour of Medellin
Join a sightseeing tour that examines the paintings and sculptures of one of South America's most celebrated artists. First, visit the Museum of Antioquia, which houses one of the largest collections of Botero paintings in the world. Discover the unique style of Fernando Botero, whose work is known for its unusual inflation and disproportion of body parts. His exaggeration of human and animal figures is intended to inspire humor, irony and criticism. Tour through the museum with your guide and be amazed at the collection of 108 Botero paintings, as well as other pieces of work on exhibition.
After visiting the museum, take to the streets of Medellín and continue your guided art tour. The city is covered with more than 90 Botero sculptures, estimated to be worth more than USD $120 million. Visit the Plaza de las Esculturas and the Parque Berrio, where Botero avidly donated a handful of sculptures on the condition that they were to be placed outside where people could see and touch them.
Continue on to Parque San Antonio and see the Pájaro de Paz (Bird of Peace) sculpture that was ironically blown up by a suspected FARC bomb in 1995, killing a dozen innocent civilians. Defiantly, Botero created an identical sculpture and placed it alongside the original.