Bogota Street Art Exploration
Beverages: Bottled Water and Colombian Coffee
Tour Participation Requirements
Did you know that Bogota has been given the nickname “Athens of South America?” This is because the populous city is home to an abundance of universities and libraries, providing its population of 8 million with a great chance at succeeding in their chosen career. For many people, art is their passion and this is reflected in the city’s murals, graffiti scrawls and art galleries.
A mixture of Colombian and international art can be admired inside local galleries and museums, including Neebex, Cero Galeria and alternative space, LaLocalidad. Perhaps the most famous art museum here is the Botero Museum. Inside you can browse 123 masterpieces created by Fernando Botero, as well as 85 other works of art by big names, like Picasso. (note: Visits to these galleries and museums not included in this tour)
Types of art you can see around the city represent the culture and are a mixture of sculptures, paintings, ceramics and even video art. Unlike other cities around the world, Bogota permits graffiti, so much so that artists are actually commissioned to unleash their creativity.
While most of the art in this metropolis is decorative, some murals are created to put a smile on the faces of passer’s by and others to tell a story. The graffiti revolution has grown immensely over the years, and during this tour you can learn about the urban area’s political past and how petroglyphs carved into cave walls were discovered, which is where it all began.
Colombian Art’s Ancient History
While historians believe that Colombian art only really started to gain true personality and meaning during the 20th century, archaeological evidence proves that from 3000 BC, ceramics were being produced in this Latin American country. Influenced by Spanish Catholicism between the 16th and 18th centuries, the Mural Movement followed when Colombian artists Santiago Martínez Delgado and Pedro Nel Gómez focused on the use of art deco’s neoclassical features. This artistic style is represented in Rogelio Salmona’s architectural work. The most famous artist from Colombia is undoubtedly Fernando Botero. Born in 1932, Botero’s masterpieces were a blend of sculptures and paintings depicting oversized animals and humans.
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