Five art districts that every culture lover should visit in Bogota
Bogota is a multicultural city, and so are its artistic expressions. On the occasion of the start of ArtBo, the fair that marks the beginning of the month of art in Bogota, we invite you to discover five art districts you should visit in the city.
The heart of the city offers different artistic experiences, from classical and contemporary art museums to galleries and non-conventional spaces dedicated to experimental and interdisciplinary processes of artistic practices.
Highlights in this area include the Santa Clara Museum, with pieces and architecture from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the Miguel Urrutia Art Museum, which exhibits, free of charge, works by the most important Colombian and foreign artists of contemporary art; the Botero Museum, with more than 120 pieces by the master artist Fernando Botero; and the Espacio Odeon, a place for artistic creation and experimentation.
In addition, this sector of the city hosts the Barcú art, music, and culture festival (October 19-24, 2021); and the Feria del Millón (October 1-3, 2021), an emerging art space that also hosts Voltaje, a new media art exhibition.
2. Grafitti District
One of the most striking art districts in Bogota for its colorfulness and technical skill in its execution is the Graffiti District, located in the industrial district of Puente Aranda, in the western part of the city.
This open-air gallery, one of the most important of its kind in South America, offers a large number of colorful murals created by more than 20 national and international artists.
3. La Macarena
This area, located in the east of the city, in addition to housing buildings of architectural conservation worthy of observation, has two of the most important museums in the city: the National Museum of Colombia, which exhibits art collections, and important pieces of the history of the country; and the Museum of Modern Art of Bogota, which in its collections has works from the nineteenth century and contemporary works of important national and international artists.
This area is also home to galleries such as NC-Arte, SN Macarena, Espacio El Dorado, and Rolf Art, as well as a variety of bars and restaurants for all tastes.
4. San Felipe
This neighborhood, in the northeast of the city, is one of Bogotá's most important art districts.
It is home to dozens of galleries and art studios, including Instituto de visión, Sketch, Elvira Moreno and Adrián Ibáñez. It also offers its visitors multiple options of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
Open San Felipe, a festival in which more than 70 art, fashion, music, theater, film and other venues open their doors to visitors, and offer free tours, is held there.
This area is home to many galleries, antique shops, fashion shops, and design workshops. It is a big area so, in some cases, is not easy to reach all its points of interest by walking.
Here you can find first class galleries such as Casas Riegner, Casa Hoffman, El Museo, La Cometa and MMaison, which exhibit and sell works by important national and foreign artists such as Antonio Caro, Beatriz Gonzalez, Luis Roldán, Ícaro Zorbar, Maripaz Jaramillo, Fernando Botero, Débora Arango, Luis Cabellero, Vicky Neumann, Nadín Ospina, among others.
From September 29 to October 3, 2021, ArtBo Week, one of the most important art events in the city, will offer tours and guided visits to some of these art districts.
Get ready to enjoy the wit and creativity that Bogota has to offer!