A different Botero
Botero and the suffering: an unusual blend when you consider the works that made the Colombian artist famous all over the world. One who made the roundness of forms, satire and pleasure the hallmarks of his art approaches this time the sacredness of the Cross. The result is surprising and takes the form of a cycle of works made between 2010 and 2011: 27 oil paintings and 34 works on paper, donated to his hometown, Medellín, during the Easter week of 2012, to celebrate 80 years of the artist. The series will be exhibited at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome for a solo show entitled "The Way of the Cross. The Passion of Christ."
The expression of suffering and sacrifice highlights a different Botero. The roundness of forms and sensuality of the characters he described collide with a new reality, made of drama and conversion.
Botero's work about suffering
The exhibition is almost unique. The artist, who already dealt once with sacredness in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, where he likes to spend several months each year, has done a new journey where his abundant figures often represented as a symbol of immense pleasure and happiness are replaced by compassion, a reflection on poetry and on tragedy, on the intensity and the cruelty of Christ's Passion. New feelings that change and enrich Botero’s work. Here Botero's images evoke something different. Suffering and human pain without any satire.