This is the first retrospective devoted to the Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero in a Belgian museum. It will cover the artist's entire career, from his youthful research, which is little known to the general public, to the iconic works of his maturity, including recent paintings presented for the first time.
The exhibition, Fernando Botero, brings together important works borrowed from prestigious museums, of which historic paintings rarely shown to European audiences, and paintings, drawings and sculptures from international private collections. The tour takes visitors into Botero's abundant universe, inspired as much by pre-Columbian art and popular iconography as by Mexican muralists and Italian Renaissance art.
At the centre of the exhibition, about fifteen works from the little-known collections of the BAM will illustrate the major inspirations of the Colombian artist around different themes: still-lifes, nudes, genre scenes, etc. To extend the exhibition, a monumental sculpture by the artist will be exhibited on the Grand Place of Mons.
Through this international exhibition, BAM continues its exploration of the work of the great artists of the 20th century, from Keith Haring (2010) to Niki de Saint Phalle (2018-2019), by way of Andy Warhol (2013-2014), David LaChapelle (2017), and finally, Roy Lichtenstein (2020-2021).