WAG Opens Fernando Botero Exhibit Today

WAG Opens Fernando Botero Exhibit Today

By Sarah Klein

A major exhibition featuring the work of an internationally renowned Columbian artist debuts today at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The Baroque World of Fernando Botero will run until February 27, 2011 and is promised to turn heads of even the most seasoned art lovers.

“This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Botero’s work to tour in North America since the late 1970s, and the first time the WAG has displayed his art,” said director Stephen Borys. “The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec saw gallery attendance of 125,000 people during the run of the exhibition there and it also did well at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.”

Botero creates a world of his own that blends violence, humour, and beauty. His images of his native country and its inhabitants combine brilliant colour, cultural identity, and political satire.

Among the 100 pieces of artwork are three monumental bronze sculptures including the 4,000 pound Smoking Woman.

Admission to the exhibit is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+) and students, and $5 for WAG members. Children five and under are free, with a family pass for two adults and four children under 18 for $32.