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Wallace Pato, photo: Julia Thompson
Wallace Pato, photo: Julia Thompson

Kura, from the German word
Kuratorium, means curatorship.

Alfredo Volpi & Sergio Camargo, photo: Julia Thompson
Alfredo Volpi & Sergio Camargo, photo: Julia Thompson

Founded in 2018 by Camila Yunes Guarita, Kura Arte is an art advisory service. Our goal is to demystify the art world, promoting dialogue between different market agents – collectors, artists, galleries and institutions. In the midst of a vast and diverse artistic production, Kura meets the demands of an effervescent cultural scene, providing guidance to collectors, cataloging private collections, helping young emerging artists to navigate the market and carrying out special curatorial projects.

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Camila Yunes Guarita
Camila Yunes Guarita

Graduated in Architecture at Mackenzie University (São Paulo, Brasil) and École Nationale d’Architecture Paris Val de Seine, Camila Yunes Guarita also attended Contemporary Art and Its Market, How the Art World Works and Foundations in History of Art at Sotheby’s London. She worked with sales & liaisons at Galleria Continua, Galeria Nara Roesler and on the production team at Aveline Gallery. She co-founded GoART Art Advising from 2015 to 2018 and since 2018 she has been VIP Representative for ARCO Madrid and Lisboa and founder and executive director at Kura.

Camila Yunes Guarita

Alicja Kwade. Photo: Julia Thompson
Alicja Kwade. Photo: Julia Thompson

Kura provides bespoke guidance tailored to the interests and wishes of its clients, accompanying them at every stage of the acquisition process. We inform collectors of market trends in the art world and develop a strategy that will maximize value, quality, and significance of their art.

  • Developing a strategic plan;
  • Market research on a local and international scale;
  • Sales and acquisitions;
  • Pre and post-sales logistics;
  • Secondary market sales strategies;
  • Access to key players in the arts system including curators in leading institutions, collectors and museum directors;
  • Advising on loans to museums and institutions.
Photo: Estevan dos Anjos
Photo: Estevan dos Anjos

Expanding its art advisory services, Kura created an area dedicated to the cataloguing of private collections, organizing them both physically and digitally.

  • Cataloguing and collection database;
  • Coordination and oversight of shipping, framing, installation, storage and conservation;
  • Dialogue with external agents – institutions, cultural centers, other private collections and auction houses;
  • Appraisal services for insurance, taxation, loans;
  • Digital or printed publication.
Rizza, A Criação, 2020
Rizza, A Criação, 2020

Understanding that the process of creation and circulation of artworks demand different strategies, KURA aims to provide an environment of support and advice for young emerging artists.

  • Assistance with creative process, projects and exhibitions development;
  • Conceptual discussions about the work;
  • Research and presentation of references;
  • Portfolio development;
  • Production of critical texts on the works, projects and exhibitions;
  • Registration in residences, salons and prizes;
  • Pricing of works according to the national market;
  • Strategic planning and content production for social media.
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Sandra Cinto, foto: Julia Thompson

Kura develops customized projects with different brands, bringing contemporary art into other segments by curating and promoting stimulating experiences.

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Vik Muniz, 2019

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Vik Muniz, 2019

Apropriações Barrocas
Vik Muniz, 2019
In partnership with Galeria Nara Roesler

05.04.2019 – 07.06.2019

Apropriações barrocas
Curatorial text: Rafael Schunk

Imaginaría, the most recent work by visual artist Vik Muniz (São Paulo, 1961), consists of large panels from the Repro Saints series, initially exhibited at the Cultural Space of Casa Santa Ignez Foundation in Gávea, Rio de Janeiro. In this São Paulo edition held in partnership with Kura, Ivani and Jorge Yunes Collection and Nara Roesler Gallery, Vik Muniz’s imagetic creations revisit historical paintings belonging to the Christian tradition. In the detailed process of photomontage with tendencies in barroquism, the sacred work of art is the final result of the juxtaposition of several polychromic layers, signs and narratives. Rips, strips, and splinters reassemble fractional, fluid, spontaneous sacred figures, yet without losing a scholarly, aesthetic, beautiful, or religious rigor; a tasty appropriation of classic works revisited in the contemporary universe in line with the Baroque heritage in the Chapel collection – artist and collection make up a counterpoint of disparate elements accumulated over time and images, complementing each other, merging up. Baroque rhetoric engages the believer in a world of illusions, grabbing him by sight and sharpening his senses. Etymologically, the term baroque means an irregular, imperfect pearl. The term is suggestive because it brings us to something valuable and deformed, and this is what the artistic and literary school has suggested: to fuse contradictory elements, respecting the Renaissance ideals of pleasure, value of reason and beauty, integrating them to a spirituality of medieval joy, highlighting the transient character of existence. Art of contrasts, the detail joins the grandiose, religious subjects are blended with political and human thoughts. The urge to enjoy life bows before the ephemeral character of existence. The baroque will thus come to extreme formulations: the beautiful and the grotesque, exorbitance and restraint, light and dark, delusions and fantasies, ostentation, ecstasy, duplication, ellipse and movement – ambiguities and allegories intensely lived by men in that age, immersed as they were in despair, an outcome of the psychological concerns of that time.

Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin
Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin

Themes borrowed from baroque repertoires are recurrent in contemporary works, synthesized in investigations of memory, accumulation and image. Both in CIJY’s colonial art collection as in Vik Muniz’s sacred art, their coordinates of language were developed through equivalent expressive categories, although presenting distinct plastic materials: the sensory, the visual, the persuasive, the playful, the complex or the circulation of prints constitute essential common lines in the propaganda and the assimilation of baroque soul; convergence point, inflection and dialogue.

The timelessness of the baroque in colonial culture, in modernism, or in the contemporary works of Vik Muniz invites us to move closer and farther, like a bait in a game of stalking and seduction. Unlike situations where the need for a synthesis or interpretation requires the observer to complete the meaning of the work, in the case of barroquisms everything presents itself in an excessive trap of fantasies: there is a perverse taste for deception, what is plane seems to have volume and the volume is only shadow, wood or paper mimicking fake marble, torn sheets seemingly unconnected and turned into faces, objects, clothing, and landscapes; It is the joy of deceiving the observer, from simple witness to faithful accomplice.

Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin
Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin

The Crucifixion (from Thomas Eakins, 1880), Saint James the Greater (from Guido Reni, 1638), Saint Agnes (from Simon Vouet, 1626), Mary Magdalene (from Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, c. 1535 -40), St. George and the Dragon (from Gustave Moreau, 1869), St. Peter (from Pompeo Girolamo Batoni, 18th Century), St. Augustine (from Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1645-50), Saint Luzia, Virgin of Guadalupe, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Benedict. Madonnas, martyrs, pious men, doctors, warriors, and church patriarchs populate the pantheon of sacred works of art recreated by Vik Muniz and installed in the vaults, walls, and altars of the Ivani and Jorge Yunes Collection Chapel; fragmented memories, dialectic between past and modernity overflow in a reinvented Baroque.

Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin
Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin

Vik Muniz, one of the most renowned Brazilian artists abroad, has established a new visual language from trivial materials, but reconsidered in unusual and striking clippings: sculpted images with earthworks (geoglyphs), made from projections, huge piles of scrap, sugar, garbage, chocolate syrup, fruits, dried vegetation or demolition debris. The association of painting, sculpture, recycling, social work, video, collective and photography intertwine the author’s aesthetic research, but of fluent understanding for the observers. The accumulation of objects, the immeasurable complexity of tiny specks of organic matter, grains of sand, textiles, paper, or almost countless overlapping particles to form faces of personalities and saints constitute neo-Baroque sentiments that enhance references to missing traditions by exposing them under fresh breath. Vik Muniz’s work eventually yielded to a sweeping seduction of curves and countercurves.

Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin
Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin
Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2019 © Everton Ballardin

Sobre o artista

Vik Muniz (São Paulo, 1961). Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro and New York.

Recent solo shows include: Vik Muniz, at The Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA), Ringling College of Art and Design (2019), in Sarasota, USA; Imaginária, at Solar do Unhão, Museu de Arte Moderna de Salvador (MAM-BA) (2019), in Salvador, Brazil; Vik Muniz: Verso, at Belvedere Museum Vienna (2018), in Vienna, Áustria; Afterglow – Pictures of Ruins, at Palazzo Cini (2017), in Venice, Italy. He has featured in several biennials, such as the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015); 24th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1998); among others. Recent group shows include: Naar Van Gogh, at Vincent van GoghHuis (2018), in Zundert, The Netherlands; Troposphere – Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art, at Beijing Minsheng Art Museum (2017), in Beijing, China; Look at Me!: Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection, at Pera Museum (2017), in Istanbul, Turkey; Botticelli Reimagined, at Victoria & Albert Museum (2016), in London, UK. His works are included in the collections of: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; The Tate Gallery, London, UK; among others.

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