Sunday, January 21, 2007

Exposición de Botero en el Puerto de España

The Annex at the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago is pristine with its bone white walls and a floor which has a reflective glassy polished finish. This is in preparation for an exposition of the Colombian artist, Fernando Botero exhibition posters mounted at Museums throughout Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia. The
reproductions are enough to give the public a tickle of his humor, parody and scope.

Fernando Botero's signature is his large human sculptures and self portrait paintings which are scaled to a size more plumper that expected, yet they have the facets of sensuous nature. Bolero takes a whimsical look by lampooning the World’s greatest art masterpieces in its exaggerated flair and period. The curator has placed one of his posters at the head of the gallery and this is The Heart of Christ as the artist himself. The poster hangs at the head of the gallery as is a reminder of his Catholicism which Catholics in Trinidad and Tobago also partake by hanging the portrait Christ in their front gallery.

The Heart of Christ

In conjunction with this exposition, there is the 12th anniversary retrospective of the Association of Caribbean States, the sponsors of the show. A series of photographs provide a peek into the history of the organization and through this exhibition, the Association of Caribbean States and the Government of Colombia are attempting to unite the peoples of the region by using a cultural exchange that gives art the power to speak. In Columbia, Fernando Botero is considered an icon and is respected and guarded as a treasure of which his works shall outlast any political post.

Visitors to
Fernando Botero museum posters at the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago

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