January 22, 2016
Following on from the great success of the exhibition in Beijing, ‘Botero In China: Exhibition of Fernando Botero’ was officially opened yesterday at the China Art Musuem in Shanghai by Master Botero, who flew in specially for the inauguration ceremony. The exhibition is being hosted by the Ministry of Culture of China and the Embassy of Colombia in China.
The Shanghai exhibition promises the same artworks that have been so well received by the Chinese public already in Beijing plus some significant additions: nine monumental sculptures that have never before visited China, more large format drawings, and three paintings from Master Botero’s latest ‘Saints’ series that are being exhibited for the first time in the world. On display will be a total of 137 of the most representative artworks created by the artist since the 1970s.
The day started with a press tour of the exhibition with Master Botero followed by a press conference with about 60 local and regional media channels attending.The press conference was attended by: Li Lei, Deputy Director of the China Art Museum; Carmenza Jaramillo, Ambassador of Colombia; Yan Dong, Deputy General Manager of CAEG; Yin Peng, Director of American and Oceanian Division of CAEG; Juan Montana, Director of ‘Botero in China’; Janet Fong, Co-curator of the exhibition and of course Master Botero.Immediately after the press conference Master Botero went outside the magnificent China Art Museum building, and down the escalators to the open piazza in front where he unveiled his nine monumental sculptures. This was the first time that these world-famous that have travelled the globe, have ever been seen in China and they received a very warm welcome despite the cold and rather wet weather! Of course the weather was the perfect reason to show off our specially designed Botero In China umbrellas that formed part of the overall merchandise sourced and produced in China specially for the exhibition.
The sculpture unveiling was followed by the opening ceremony where about 400 guests were welcomed by speeches from: Shi Dawei, Director of the China Art Museum; Yan Dong, Deputy General Manager of CAEG; H.E. Carmenza Jaramillo, Ambassador of Colombia; and Fernando Botero. After the speeches, Master Botero walked through the exhibition with his guests who included Former President of Colombia Andres Pastrana and First Lady Nohra Pastrana.
Although the Shanghai exhibition contains more works, the exhibition space is also considerably larger so all guests were able to take in all the artwork at a leisurely pace. A new feature introduced to the exhibition was also individual QR codes for each painting offering a bilingual description of each artwork via wechat and an audio guide courtesy of VART.
The exhibition will be open until 8th May 2016.