Go around the world with Fernando Botero
We could go around the world through the works of the master Fernando Botero, starting with the 7,500 square meters of the square that bears his surname in Medellin.
The Botero Square in Medellin is the place that houses the largest collection of outdoor sculptures by the master Fernando Botero, 23 monumental figures that contribute to the transformation process of this sector; the heart of the city. However, there are also other places in the world to which Master Botero has taken his work as a representative of the art and passion of Medellin.
7 places in the world where you will find works by the master Fernando Botero
Although there are more than seven places in different parts of the world that have the works of the master Fernando Botero, we choose those that we consider most emblematic or are in a place where people can interact with them, fulfilling one of the master’s objectives; invite them to approach art through public space.
Santo Domingo Square, Cartagena, Colombia
In the Santo Domingo Square of the heroic city of Colombia, comfortable and proud of its nakedness, ¨Gertrudis¨ rests; the popular 650-kilo sculpture by maestro Fernando Botero that everyone wants to touch and take pictures with.
Thays Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Located in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Thays Park houses among its 4,500 m², the imposing sculpture ¨Male Torso¨, donated by Master Botero to the argentine city.
Rambla del Raval, Barcelona, Spain
Although there are several works that can be found in different cities of Spain, “El Gato”; One of Botero’s most famous works, he gracefully perches on the Rambla del Raval in Barcelona, where he is also considered a point of reference and meeting, a character famous in the neighborhood.
Amália Rodrigues Park, Lisbon, Portugal
“Maternidade”, a work by Botero in which a seated woman holds a child on her left thigh. She was chosen by the people of Lisbon to be part of the Amália Rodrigues Park, a space in the capital of Portugal dedicated to the fado singer Amália Rodrigues.
Exchange Square, London, UK
In the heart of the financial district and located behind Liverpool Street station in London, is “Broadgate Venus”, the voluptuous piece by Botero that always conquers locals and visitors with its curves and volumes.
Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia
The Pushkin Museum in Moscow has one of the largest art collections in all of Russia and precisely one of its works is one of the works of the master Botero that has the most charm, power and natural sophistication: “Woman with a mirror”.
United Overseas Bank, Singapore, Singapore
Since 1990, the sculpture “El Pajaro” or “The bird”, as it is known in Singapore, has been on display at the entrance to the United Overseas Bank headquarters facing the Singapore River.
This work seeks to embody the joy of living and the power of optimism through the peace that a dove represents.
And, how can we not talk a little about our Medellin; the hometown of the master Botero, where we also find the work “The bird”. It is next to its identical one, installed in 1995 and which was destroyed in a terrorist attack.
The old piece was not replaced, it is a monument to the victims and a testament to the resilience of the city. This piece was symbolically named “The Bird of Peace”.
In addition to Singapore and Medellin, there is also another sculpture of “The Bird” outside the airport in Florence, Italy.
Now you know that when you get to one of these places, you will always find a little piece of Medellin in them.