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Botero in China

January 22, 2016
Botero in China
The Peninsula Shanghai is proud to partner with UBS for the “Botero in China” exhibition at the China Art Museum, Shanghai, from 21 January to 5 April. An icon of Latin American art, Fernando Botero is a Colombian painter and sculptor famed for creating oversized depictions of people, animals and elements of the natural world. The opening of the “Botero in China” exhibition was inaugurated with a private dinner at Sir Elly’s on 18 January, with guests including The Countess of Cromer and Fernando Botero Zea, former Minister of Defence of Colombia. Meanwhile the Grand Opening Gala Dinner was held in the Rose Ballroom on 21 January.

To coincide with the “Botero in China” exhibition, on Thursday 19 January, The Rosamonde Aviation Lounge hosted the official launch of the Chinese edition of the book The Art of Fernando Botero, written by the artist’s son, Juan Carlos Botero. 

During the first week of the “Botero in China” exhibition, guests at The Peninsula Shanghai enjoyed a special video about the life and work of Fernando Botero on The Peninsula Shanghai’s in-room TV Channel One. The Peninsula Boutique is also offering limited edition Fernando Botero merchandise for guests to take home as a memento of their visit. A selection of life-sized volumetric sculptures will be exhibited in the hotel from February, while one monumental sculpture will be displayed at The Bund entrance for one month from April until May.

Fernando Botero was born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1932 and attended a matador school in his youth. He later studied art at Madrid’s Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. After his art began to achieve international acclaim in the 1970s, Botero moved to Paris. In the French capital, he began creating sculptures and later, the huge bronze figures that became his hallmark. In 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Centre. Today, his paintings and sculptures are exhibited around the world.


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