The Baroque World of Fernando Botero

Alternately wry and deeply emotional, Colombian artist Fernando Botero blends beauty, violence, tradition, and modernity in his effort to convey the glories and miseries of contemporary life, particularly in Latin America. With 100 paintings, drawings, and sculptures drawn from the artist's private collection the exhibition examines Botero's indebtedness to European artists such as 19th century French painters Dominique Ingres and Eugene Delacroix and Italian Renaissance artists Paolo Uccello and Piero della Francesca. It also acknowledges his interest in Mexican artists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozco and the great Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. In his earlier works from the 1950s, Botero's struggle to define his own style is still evident, but eventually the artist's mature style in the form of enlarged volumes and distinctive, buoyant figures emerges. The Baroque World of Fernando Botero offers insight into the artist's many worlds: be it his role as a social critic, re-interpreter, cultural force, or product of the artists who preceded him.

Major sponsorship provided by the Wayne L. Prim Foundation. Contributing sponsorship provided by IGT, Wells Fargo Foundation and the Gabelli Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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  • Members' Premiere: The Baroque World of Fernando Botero

    Friday April 30, 2010 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Be one of the first to explore this ambitious exhibition featuring more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Experience the rhythms of Latin America as guitarist Milton Merlos serenades guests for this special preview of The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, presented by NV Energy.

  • Popular Culture and Politics in the World of Botero

    Friday May 14, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    Learn about the popular culture and political contexts in which Fernando Botero creates his famed artworks from Latin American History professor Linda Curcio-Nagy. These half-hour dialogues invite guests to experience an informal and intimate introduction to works in the galleries. The Art Bite series is supported, in part, by the Gabelli Foundation.

  • Botero and the Cultural Geographies of Latin America

    Friday May 21, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    Join UNR Geography professor Kate Berry for an insightful visual tour to Colombia and Latin America through the Museum’s exhibition of The Baroque World of Fernando Botero. This half-hour dialogues invite guests to experience an informal and intimate introduction to works in the galleries. The Art Bite series is supported, in part, by the Gabelli Foundation.

  • Salsa Dancing

    Sunday May 30, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Tour The Baroque World of Fernando Botero and learn the simple steps that make this Latin dance fun for the whole family. Admission to hands/ON! is free and is sponsored by the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, the Mathewson CLAT #5 and the Sato Foundation. One-hour sessions beginning at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Bring the entire family for this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program.

  • Second Saturdays are free thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation

    Saturday June 12, 2010 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Second Saturdays are FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art, through December 2010! Come meet the staff, interact with the exhibitions and learn about the educational programs and unique activities we offer to our community. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share the Museum with family and friends!

  • Metal Milagros

    Sunday June 27, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Families will learn about the Latin tradition of milagros – or spiritual charms – and make one out of metal inspired by The Baroque World of Fernando Botero. One-hour sessions beginning at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Bring the entire family for this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program. Hands/ON! is sponsored by the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, the Reno Gazette Journal, and the Sato Foundation.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Thursday July 1, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Darrell Lockhart on Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez

    Friday July 2, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    UNR Spanish Language and Literature professor Darrell Lockhart presents an overview of García Márquez’s work, and its relationship historically and culturally to the art of Fernando Botero.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Friday July 2, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Wednesday July 7, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Thursday July 8, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Emma Sepulveda on Violence in Latin America

    Friday July 9, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    Emma Sepulveda, UNR Foundation Professor, writer, and human rights activist, addresses the histories of violence, and the political and social upheavals in Latin America that are reflected in the works of Fernando Botero.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Friday July 9, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Second Saturdays are free thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation

    Saturday July 10, 2010 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Second Saturdays are FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art, through December 2010! Come meet the staff, interact with the exhibitions and learn about the educational programs and unique activities we offer to our community. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share the Museum with family and friends!

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Wednesday July 14, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Thursday July 15, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Friday July 16, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Wednesday July 21, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Thursday July 22, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

  • Linda Curcio-Nagy on Latin American Art History

    Friday July 23, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    Enjoy a lively overview of the Latin American art and artists that contributed to the shaping and development of Colombia’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero.

  • Artown Tours at the Museum

    Friday July 23, 2010 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Celebrate Artown as you discover the art of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero through the more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures drawn from the famed artist's private collection. Tours are free with paid admission. Admission: $10/$8 Seniors, Museum members free. Tours limited to 20 participants daily. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum admissions desk.

Fernando Botero, The First Lady, 1989. Oil on canvas, 80 x 65 inches.

Fernando Botero, Still Life with a Mandolin, 1998. Oil on canvas, 38 ½ x 46 ½ inches.