The Ivani and Jorge Yunes collection contains artworks and objects from different time periods and locations––from classical antiquity to the mid-twentieth century; from Brazil to dozens of other countries. However, besides the manner in which these works are displayed, there is nothing from the present say.

While pondering the reasons for this lack of contemporary art, KURA’s founder, Camila Yunes Guarita, created the project PANDORA’S BOX. Its name comes from the popularly known Greek myth about the first woman created by the Greek gods. Imprudent and curious, Pandora opened the box containing all of the world’s evils, thus letting them escape. A lesser known fact is that what remained in the box was hope.

In a work of art, as much as in any object made with care, there is something of the hopeful: both convey the desire to venture out into new paths of expression and of the self.

By bringing contemporary art into this collection, Pandora’s Box fosters curiosity while allowing various periods of art history to coexist with the disturbing present we live in today. And it does so precisely by placing its wager on art as a bearer of hope.

For the inauguration of our project, we invited Barrão, an artist from Rio de Janeiro and leading figure of Brazil’s so-called “80’s Generation.” His work, especially juxtaposed with items from the Yunes collection, has the impact of opening a box that spreads its enchantment all over us.