Fernando Botero at Anna Laudel Contemporary 

Fernando Botero, Woman with Her Purse, 2010. Oil on canvas, 31 9/10 × 22 inches.

Fernando Botero
Everyday’s Poetry –
Scenes from the Fullness of Life 

April 27–June 25, 2017

Opening: Thursday, April 27, 6pm

Anna Laudel Contemporary 
Bankalar Caddesi 
10 Karaköy
Beyoğlu 34421 İstanbul
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday noon–7pm, 
Sunday noon– 6pm

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A multi-disciplinary exhibition that brings together a considered selection of paintings, drawings and bronze and marble sculptures by the internationally renowned master Botero at Anna Laudel Contemporary from April 27 to June 25, 2017.

Anna Laudel Contemporary presents Everyday’s Poetry – Scenes from the Fullness of Life displaying critically acclaimed works by Botero, which have never previously been exhibited in Turkey. This carefully curated selection reflects Botero’s artistic exploration of the human experience, imbued with the artist’s familiar socio-political insight and characteristically subtle ironic wit.

Curated by Dr. Klaus Wolbert, the former Director of Mathildenhöhe Institute in Darmstadt, the exhibition offers art lovers, connoisseurs and collectors in Istanbul an exclusive opportunity to discover and experience the inspirational creations of this internationally significant artist.

Born in Medellin in 1932, the Colombian artist is listed among great artists of modern painting and sculpture with a unique pictorial identity due to his instantly recognisable and much loved corpulent figures. The art of Botero contains many references to his own Colombian culture and a great deal of satirical, ironic, social-critical, political and humanistic implications. Concerned with the presentation of characteristic social types, Botero’s anonymous figures are mostly representatives and performers of specific social characters found within in domestic or public situations or in other everyday circumstances. 

Dr. Klaus Wolbert, Curator of the exhibition said: ”The exhibition can rightly be regarded as a prominent event in the art scene of the metropolis of Istanbul, for it presents a range of Botero’s artistic creativity, that represents an exceptionally high quality and in which his typical themes and subjects, including his idiosyncratic tendency to portray corpulent bodies, are introduced both in the framework of masterly executed design solutions as well as in the form of fascinatingly successful observations and descriptions of the completely normal profane human life.”

Botero‘s solo exhibition Everyday’s Poetry – Scenes from the fullness of life is a call to participate in the colourful and inspiring world of the legendary artist. Opening on April 27, the exhibition will be held across three floors of exhibition space in Karaköy, Bankalar Street and will be on display at Anna Laudel Contemporary in Istanbul until June 25. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed by Vahit Tuna, with texts by Dr. Klaus Wolbert


About Anna Laudel Contemporary
Anna Laudel Contemporary, formerly ART350 gallery, was founded in 2012 by the German textile magnate Anna Laudel with the aim of supporting the work of Turkish and international artists by providing a prominent contemporary exhibition platform and through developing a greater understanding of and closer appreciation for contemporary art within the Turkish region. In December 2016, Anna Laudel Contemporary opened its doors for the first time in a new location. The gallery’s new identity and re-location to the old finance district of the late Ottoman Empire in Karaköy, within a historic building boasting a vast exhibition space spanning five floors, marks an exciting new chapter for Anna Laudel Contemporary.

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Fernando Botero at Anna Laudel Contemporary 

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