By Jessica Sanchez, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Last week the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District and the Nader Art Museum launched and exhibit of thirteen massive, voluptuous sculptures by the renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero on the Lincoln Road pedestrian promenade.
The striking figures arrived just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach, and will stay until March 31st. In an announcement, Gary Nader, Director of Gary Nader Art Centre said, “Fernando Botero is one of the world’s most iconic and recognized artists. He has certainly earned his place in history.”
On November 21st, the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District in partnership the Nadar Art Museum, the Mayor and City Commission of Miami Beach, and the New World Symphony, presented the private unveiling Fernando Botero Monumental Sculpture on Lincoln Road.
The celebrations began at the New World Symphony followed by the unveiling of Donna Sdraita, one of the thirteen voluptuous sculptures on display by Botero throughout Lincoln Road. At entry, attendees were welcomed by Botero’s most recognized piece, “Male Torso” followed by “Rape of Europe,”“Leda the Swan,””Bird,””Adam”and “Eve,” among others.
Nader said, “Being around his artwork is pleasing to the eye and brings a smile to the face of all of those who see it. This exhibition on Lincoln Road will allow visitors and locals to get a closer look at Botero’s most celebrated masterpieces.”
Two sculptures, a 4,000 pound (The male torso) and the (reclining figure) a 2,000 pound figure, were moved to the Washington Avenue entrance to the pedestrian mall and are part of the exhibition.
The Lincoln Road District is home to the city’s most prominent performance venues, concerts halls, and art galleries and is considered the epicenter of Miami Beach’s arts and culture scene.
Working in partnership with the Gary Nader Art Centre to bring Botero’s esteemed outdoor exhibition, the Lincoln Road BID aims to further elevate the pedestrian promenade as a destination where people can experience arts, culture, events, and entertainment, all free of cost.