Fernando Botero Preps Multi-Venue Show to Launch Galerie Gmurzynska’s New Space in Zug


The legendary Galerie Gmurzynska in Switzerland will open its fourth venue — and second in Zug — with a large Fernando Botero solo show spread over three galleries in Zug and Zürich. Entitled “It Is All About Volume,” the exhibition gathers over 20 new paintings and sculptures featuring the Columbian artist’s signature large figures. But although Botero has come to be associated with these fleshy characters, he denies having ever painted “fat people.”

Nobody believes me when I say that I have never painted a fat figure in my life,” he told Krystyna Gmurzynska and Mathias Rastorfer in an interview published in the exhibition catalogue. “If the volumetric forms in my human figures are presented against a normal background of normal objects or spaces, then one can say that they are fat. But in my work there is coherence in every corner of the painting. It shows a conviction and a unity of style.”

Galerie Gmurzynska’s new venue occupies a 15th century building at Vordstadt 14, in Zug’s old city. It marks the 20th anniversary of the gallery at its first location in Switzerland, where it permanently relocated in 2005.

Botero claims he has had more solo exhibitions than any other artist (over 150) — and at 81, he shows no signs of slowing down. “I feel like I’m 30,” he said, “so I hope to keep working and die with a brush in my hand!”

This story originally appeared on ARTINFO U.K.

(Image: Detail of Fernando Botero, “The Streets,” 2013. Courtesy Galerie Gmurzynska.)