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KURA

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.

Beyond what
meets the eyes

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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Barrão, 2018

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Barrão, 2018

Barrão, 2018
In partnership with Fortes D’Aloia e Gabriel

06.04.2018 – 18.05.2018

Barrão
Curatorial text by Agnaldo Farias

​​To this day, very few people know that behind the high walls of one of São Paulo’s busiest streets, lies a mansion that houses an astonishing art collection –– both for its vastness and diversity. The Ivani and Jorge Yunes collection recalls the Museu de Tudo (Museum of Everything), a poetry book in which João Cabral de Melo Neto abandoned his passion for coherent monolithic structures to give way to his affection for the diverse. There are five centuries of paintings, books, ivories, tapestries, stones, porcelains, jewels, exquisite sets of African and Asian pieces, and a strong presence of Brazilian Baroque.

Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2018 © Everton Ballardin
Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2018 © Everton Ballardin

To demonstrate the strength of the past in our present day, Camila Yunes Guarita created Caixa de Pandora, a project dedicated to inviting contemporary artists to display their work in rooms filled with antiques, as if to awaken them from their venerable slumber.

Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2018 © Everton Ballardin

The first invited artist could not have been more appropriate: Jorge Velloso Borges Leão Teixeira –– better known as Barrão. One of the leading figures in the 1980’s Brazilian art scene, the Rio de Janeiro native is one of the most important interpreters of our national culture. In contrast to modern artists who proposed a world based on coherent order, Barrão, who is also a musician, acknowledges that in a transnational age, there is an increasingly greater presence of bricolage, pastiche, sampling, copy/pasting, plagiarizing and other processes that scholars call intertextuality. That which we call culture is indeed a fragmented whole, comprised of scraps of civilization (habits, objects, perceptions, words) that penetrate and slowly take over our homes, clothing, food, playlists –– which mix Jay Z with “Jackson do Pandeiro” –– the streets of our city, where kebab food trucks park in front of upscale sushi restaurants.

Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2018 © Everton Ballardin
Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2018 © Everton Ballardin

Barrão’s empilhamentos (stackings), sculptures made of a wide range of fragments from objects with different origins, arranged and welded together––vaguely surreal, remotely pop and in any case, completely absurd pieces –– turn this artist into one of the most piercing critics of modern society, where forces in disarray coming from all directions entangle us, pulling us from side to side. In awe, being the magnets that we are, we react in a cannibalistic fashion, as anticipated by Oswald de Andrade: “I’m only interested in what is not mine. Man’s law. Anthropophagy’s law.” To paraphrase Oswald’s contemporary, Mario de Andrade, the father of Macunaima: “Hail Barrão, hero of our people.”

Projeto Caixa de Pandora, 2018 © Everton Ballardin

About the artist

Barrão (Rio de Janeiro, 1959). Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

Painter, sculptor, multimedia artist. Self-taught, he began his artistic career with Grupo Seis Mãos, 1983-1991, formed with Ricardo Basbaum and Alexandre Dacosta. The group develops activities with video, live paintings, musical shows and performances and promotes the Improviso de Pintura e Música project in streets, public squares, colleges, etc. The first exhibition of the three artists took place in 1983, at Circo Voador, in Rio de Janeiro. This year, Barrão participates in the exhibitions Arte na Rua I and Pintura! Painting!, both in the same city. In 1984, he held his first solo show, Televisões, at Galeria Contemporânea, and participated in the collective Como Vai Você, Geração 80?, held at the Parque Lage Visual Arts School – EAV/Parque Lage, in Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro. He received the Brasília Prize for Plastic Arts, at the Brasília Museum of Art, in 1990. With Sandra Kogut, he directs the videos 7 Horas de Sono and A Geladeira. He also makes electronic vignettes for television, scenography works and album covers. In 1995, he created, in partnership with artist Luiz Zerbini, video and cinema editor Sérgio Mekler and music producer Chico Neves, the Chelpa Ferro group, which works with sculpture, technological installations and electronic music.

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Founder and Executive Director
Camila Yunes Guarita

Director
Tamara Ganem

Art Advising / São Paulo
Florencia Azcune
Mariana Autuori
Nathalia Zemel

Art Advising / Rio de Janeiro
Maria Ferro

Collection Management
Thaís Franco
Mariana Leão

Artists Career Management
Paloma Vasconcellos
Ana Sant'Anna
Joana Leonor
Maria Gabriela Mexias
Thais Teotonio

Communications
Margherita De Natale
Ana Clara Caligiorne

Press Relations
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Rafael Azzi

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Av. Europa, 21 / São Paulo, Brasil

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