Fernando Botero stops in Mons
The Mons Museum of Fine Arts (BAM) is devoting a vast retrospective to the Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, known for his rounded, voluptuous figures. This exhibition, which runs until 30 January 2022, is the first devoted to this international artist in Belgium. It illustrates the themes dear to Botero, which are bullfighting, the circus, Latin America, still life and references to the history of art.
From the start, he transformed famous works by European artists (such as his 1978 Mona Lisa) and inflated them almost comically. His sculptures, too, always had an air of pompous absurdity because he often used rotating, overweight figures,
The Fernando Botero. Beyond forms exhibition will be an opportunity to illustrate various themes dear to the artist, such as still lifes, nudes and genre scenes, through some fifteen little-known works from the BAM's collections. It will also bring together important works borrowed from prestigious museums, as well as paintings, drawings and sculptures from international private collections. A monumental sculpture of the artist is being exhibited on the Grand-Place of Mons to increase the exhibition's visibility.