BOTERO. WAY OF THE CROSS. THE PASSION OF CHRIST From 13 February 2016 to 1st May 2016ROMEPalazzo delle EsposizioniCOST OF THE TICKET
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Way of the cross. The Passion of the Christ is a cycle of works by Fernando Botero made between 2010 and 2011.
In the series, consisting of 27 oils and 34 works on paper, exhibited in numerous countries including America and Europe, this issue emerges in Botero since his childhood and youth in Colombia, immersed in the abundance of religious images , both in the public and private sectors.
The work of Fernando Botero offers multiple levels of interpretation. His work is an interpretation always amplifying, never simply imitative, of some of the protagonists of Western art including, among others, Paul Bird, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso. Botero has always built sensual worlds populated by beings full of immense pleasure and happy, through peaceful and sumptuous abundance of forms that finds its maturity in the late '70s. Here is a crossroads where the memories of his city, his country, are heavily traversed by religious practices are deeply rooted in their own culture and iconography. Sweet appearance, the ideas and forms that seem so stable, are crossed by the upheaval in which pain and tragedy are molded, using figurative language that characterizes the Colombian artist without abandoning its special deforming look.
You should consider these works, in which the drama makes its foray as a new demonstration in which they identify internal transformations that enrich and amplify his work. The ironic tone is replaced by compassionate to reflect around the poetry and drama, intensity and cruelty of the Passion of Christ.
This exhibition has come to the heart of Medellin, birthplace of Botero, during the week of Passover of 2012, for the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the artist's life. The painter has decided to donate the series at the Museum of Antioquia that, from that moment, takes care of his trip around the world.