This autumn is going to be an exciting season for Palazzo Pallavicini visitors: from 12th October 2019 to 26th January 2020, the evocativerooms of the Bolognese awe-inspiring historic building, in Via San Felice 24 – a few steps away from the Two Towers and Piazza Maggiore – will be home toa majorexhibition dedicated to the Colombian artist FERNANDO BOTERO.
The exhibition, promoted by Pallavicini S.r.l Group through its members Chiara Campagnoli, Deborah Petroni and Rubens Fogacci,has been curated by Francesca Bogliolo in collaboration with the Artist.


The exhibition consists of 50 unique works that have never beenexhibited in Bologna before, including a series of drawings with mixed techniques and a fine set of watercolours on canvas. The exhibition’s seven sections mirror the subjects preferred by the artist and emphasize the poetic gaze Botero looks at the world with, offering a beauty made of abundant volumes, captivating colours and an original iconography. A visionary hymn to existence that delves into the act of drawing intended as the foundation of shape, primary and essential instrument of beauty.
Among the selected subjects there are characters related to bullfighting and the circus, silent and balanced still lifes, delicate nudes, religious personalities, individuals depicted in their everyday life activities: a visual parade that testifies to Botero’s intense visual research, aimed at the establishment of its ownpeculiarstyle.
Hidden among the works exhibited lie the secrets of life; the corpulent volumes hide people or objects waiting for an accidental or intentional movement. Perfectly balanced between irony and nostalgia, dreamlike atmospheres and fairy-tale reality, Italian classicism and South American culture, Botero’s art stands for a figurative and personal style which is able – and surely will be also on this occasion – to involve and fascinate the beholders since the very first glance.Creative freedom and monumentality are the common threads of this exhibition, whose set-up was designed with the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna – directed by Prof. Enrico Fornaroli – and managed in collaboration with the postgraduate two-year degree course in Set design and exhibition and museum spaces set-up, thanks to the engagement of Prof. Enrico Aceti, Prof. Rosanna Fioravanti, Prof. Michele Chiari and Dr. Erasmo Masetti,together with students Alessandro Barbera, Larissa Candido Bergamaschi, Cecilia Giovine, Ester Grigoli, Sarah Menichini, Bianca Piacentini, Rossella Pisani, Elena Romagnani and Tatiana Sánchez Sandoval.


• Full price: € 13
• Discounts: € 11 (from 6 to 17 years old, over 65 years old with ID, students up to 25 years old with student’s badge, soldiers with badge, tour guides with badge, professional journalists and contributors with badge and regularly registered with the register of journalists, persons accompanying disabled visitors, ICOM – International Council Of Museums members with badge)
• Groups (minimum 10 people): € 10 (1 free ticketfor the tour leader)
• School visits: € 5 (2 free tickets for accompanying persons for each class)
• Bologna Welcome and Bologna Museums Card: € 9
• Thursdays special fee for university students (with student’s badge): € 9
• Free: children under 6 years old, disabled people with certificate
• Family ticket for families with children aged 6 to 17: Parent € 10, Minors from 6 to 17 years old € 8
• Open Ticket: € 16 | Ticket with reservation without time and date constraints, valid until the end of the exhibition

• Do you want to know more about exhibition artworks on display? Download the “Botero” App at € 1,09


Opening times

  • Thursday to Sunday: 11am to 8pm
  • Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • The ticket desk closes 1hour before closing (last entry 7pm)

Special openings from 11am to 8pm (last entry 7pm)

  • 1st and 2nd November 2019
  • 8th, 23rd, 26th ,30th December 2019
  • 31st December 2019 (from 11am to 5pm)
  • 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th January 2020

Scheduled closures (all day)

  • 17th and 18th October 2019
  • 24th and 25th December 2019


  • Free cloakroom subject to availability.
  • Free umbrella stand subject to availability
  • Small pets are allowed only if held insuitable carriers or in the visitor’s arms.
  • Lockers not available


  • Access for non-ambulatory or disabled people in wheelchair is granted exclusively via the tracked stair climber model Jolly Ramp D3000010 supplied by TGR, with a load of up to 140kg (total weight including visitors and wheelchair, visitors are asked to communicate their weight), up two flights of stairs or a total number of 38 steps

The complete data sheet can be downloaded and viewed at the following link http://tgr.it/prodotti/jolly-ramp/

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Daily ticket

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​For further information on Fernando Botero’s exhibition, you can download the app (avaiable on IOS and Android) for €​1.09


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