Four Paintings from Bogota’s Biblioteca Luis-Angel Arango
As the title suggests, here are four works that were hanging at the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, in Bogota, Colombia’s central Candelaria district two years ago this week. Above, and again below, is Terra Incognita by Colombian painter Luis Luna. I really like its disarming calm.
Assuming that this post’s auto-scheduling is actually behaving, I’m at this very moment enjoying some of the work at the Venice Biennale, a perfect time to share some (hopefully) new-to-you art.
The library, founded in 1923 from a small collection of economics texts, has since grown into the Colombia’s premiere library and one of the most important public libraries in Latin America, with a collection of more than 1.1 million books. The Botero Museum across the street, made up largely of the famed artists’s private collection, is part of the library.
I swung by two or three times a week during the two months I spent in Bogota in 2015. It was a relaxing place to read, enjoy some coffee and take it some very good art exhibits. I especially enjoyed Hernán Díaz: Retratos, Sesiones y hojas de contacto, an exhibit that introduced me to the work of one of Colombia’s pre-eminent portrait photographers of the second half of the 20th century. If you haven’t seen it, check out my post which includes 17 images.