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Published: September 30th 2017
More than Just Fernando Botero ...
... Museo de Antioquia had some pretty interesting pieces of art, definitely worthy visiting. Even better, the museum is free until the end of December.
Geo: 10.4137, -75.5336
Today is all about Fernando Botero - possibly Colombia's most-famous artist, Botero hails from Medellin, and has a very distinctive style, his works instantly recognizable to those that have been lucky enough to have previously seen his works. While he also paints, Botero is most known for his sculptures which border on the comical, with uniquely exaggerated proportions. The city honoured Botero by placing several of his sculptures in Plazoleta de las Esculturas (Sculpture Plaza), providing a wonderful respite from Medellin's intense city centre located just a few steps from Parque Berrio. Though his works often contain a much deeper meaning, anybody can appreciate the humour and imagination displayed by his art.
Adjacent to the plaza is the Museo de Antioquia, a surprisingly enjoyable museum containing everything from pre-Colombia to modern art, and of course - more Botero. The museum and plaza are probably the highlights of any visit to Medellin's city centre, but a stroll through the chaotic centre is also enjoyable. It's a little bit reminiscent of Sao Paulo or Rio - gritty, rough around the edges, and bursting with both people and energy. Cafes and stores along Pasaje Junin, street vendors along the Metro tracks -
Cute Chubby Puppy in Plaza Botero ...
... Botero's odd proportions make for some cute statues.
it shares some similarities with El Poblado but at the same time, couldn't be more different.
El Poblado is nice, but seems to be a very sanitized version of South America, representing the newer wealth. I don't think you can visit South America without experiencing both the modern areas, as well as the poorer historical centres, even though they can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. El Poblado represents progress, but not really for everybody - the gap between South America's rich and poor continues to grow, but for many residents of the poorer areas, attaining that lifestyle is no more than a far-fetched dream.
It may not be the prettiest place in certain areas, but the city centre is a must-see while in Medellin, if for no other reason than to fully appreciate the contrast within the city. Otherwise if you miss it, you might end up like the lady in this spoof article - and who wants that?
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