Day 204: Bogota, Colombia
This may not be a popular opinion but I don’t love every museum I visit and Bogota has been disappointing. For the last six months I’ve been in and out of some amazing museums and art galleries and so I’m a tough customer.
In Mexico I spent hours looking at things I wasn’t entirely interested in, mostly pottery, and now I no longer need to see everything or feign interest.
I don’t like everything and I haven’t liked most of the museums in Bogota:
1. The Museo del Oro was just that, a museum about gold. I had visited a much smaller version in Cartagena and realized when I arrived at the Bogota museum that I really didn’t care to see any more.
Spent $1.50 for 30 minutes briskly walking through.
2. The National Museum may have been interesting if I hadn’t already been traveling for 6 months through Latin America and had seen more than my fair share of pottery, indigenous relics and old military gear.
I was in and out in 20 minutes but spent no money.
3. The Museum of Modern Art was incredibly disappointing as I really wanted to go there and was disappointed that was flat out lame and I wasn’t allowed to take photos.
There was a video about Colombian art in the last 20 years that made the $2 entrance fee somewhat redeeming.
It’s not that I don’t want to learn interesting facts about Colombia, I think I just have museum fatiguse. But Bogota won brownie points when I decided to give it one more chance and head to the Banco de la Republica Art Collection and with a free entrance there was nothing to lose on a cold, rainy Bogota morning.
While much of it was dedicated to Botero there was also work from Picasso, Salvador Dali and other international artists.
But what captured my attention and inspired me was a new exhibition about Mexican Design, that focused on every day life in Mexico including restaurant graphics, burlesque and wrestling.