November 23, 2015
As part of our brand development and communications work with Fernando Botero in support of his Botero in China exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing, we were delighted to be able to organise a special evening with TEDx Beijing Salon.
On November 21, TEDxBeijing hosted ‘An Evening With Fernando Botero’ at Salone Monaco in Parkview Green Fangcaodi. Master Botero had a wonderfully engaging conversation with ‘Botero in China – Exhibition of Fernando Botero’ Curator Janet Fong about art, his life and beliefs.
The Ambassador of Colombia to China, H.E. Mrs Carmenza Jaramillo, provided a warm and cultured introduction for Master Botero to the guests.
Master Botero offered his ideas about art, discussing the popular view that “Painting is dead” and humourously answered questions like “What you want to say to the people who say you paint ‘fat women’?”.
His convictions inspired many questions from the audience and provided greater insight into his work and philosophies on art.
Deputy Director of the National Museum of China, Chen Lvsheng, also attended and highly praised the achievement of Master Botero, mentioning the enlightenment that the exhibition will bring to the Chinese audience.
After the talk, Master Botero was presented with two miniature versions of his ‘The Bird’ and ‘The Hand’ sculptures made entirely out of chocolate by La Galleria, a platform that blurs the lines between art and food.
The CEO of La Galleria Mr. Mario Zaccagnini told us: “It couldn’t have been a greater honour to recreate Master Botero’s sculpture – The Bird and The Hand. I chose The Bird because the it looks like a dove, its traditionally associated with peace and serenity, somehow enhancing the power of optimism. Furthermore, the “hand” is located in the heart of Madrid, a city in which I have lived for many years. “
Master Botero and his wife, artist Sofia Vari, were invited to break the sculptures with a hammer so they and everyone else could try them. The sculptures were a suitably creative and delicious way to end a wonderful evening.