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Pinacoteca de São Paulo, a museum of the Culture and Creative Economy Department of the State of São Paulo, teams up with the Ivani and Jorge Yunes Collection to launch a collaborative model relatively unknown in Brazil, in which the salary and other related costs of a member of staff of Pinacoteca are paid by a private partner.

The position opening is that of a Curator who will work for Pinacoteca for two years, producing content, research and transdisciplinary public activities related to the museum’s own collection, among other things.

The position can be applied for by both Brazilians and non-Brazilians, residents or non-residents. The candidate will be selected by a mixed commission made up by representatives of both Pinacoteca and the Ivani and Jorge Yunes Collection.

The application started in September 2020. A public notice will be published and letters of invitation will be issued. More information can be found here.

Each work cycle shall comprise two consecutive years, beginning in January 2021.

“We are happy to give a more institutional and continued support to Pinacoteca de São Paulo, an institution that my parents Ivani and Jorge Yunes have always held in high regard”, says Beatriz Yunes Guarita, director of the Ivani and Jorge Yunes Collection. “With this new professional curator, Pinacoteca will have an extra researcher on staff”, she adds.

The Transdisciplinary Action and Research Program

The program aims at studying Brazilian art and culture, stimulating critical thinking and curatorial practices that enter into a dialogue with various kinds of artistic expression, such as dance, theater, gastronomy, landscape design and, naturally, the visual arts. According to Jochen Volz, the museum’s general director, the new partnership should be celebrated, especially in a time when many significant cultural initiatives have been suspended throughout the country. “The Yunes family have been partners of the Pinacoteca for a long time. Ivani and Beatriz have been prominent members of our patrons program for contemporary art since 2012. Beatriz also gives freely and voluntarily of her expertise, time and passion, as a member of Pinacoteca’s Administrative Board since 2018. So the partnership came naturally, especially when we consider that the Ivani and Jorge Yunes Collection is one of the most important private art collections in the country.”

Volz says this is a unique opportunity to add a new member to the staff and to explore multidisciplinary proposals and activities. “The new Ivani and Jorge Yunes Curator of Transdisciplinary Action and Research will have financial backing to commission artists and cultural producers for 3 or 4 projects per year that will be presented as part of Pinacoteca’s cultural programming. Each invitee will receive an allowance for his or her project. The public programs can be conducted in any museum environment (galleries, courtyards, the atrium, the octagon, the auditorium), in the neighborhood of the museum and/or on digital platforms”, he adds.


August: Signing of the loan and partnership contract.

September: Presentation of the program and opening of applications.

November: Announcement of the selected candidate.

January 2021: Beginning of research and programming.

The Ivani and Jorge Yunes Collection

Initiated in the mid-1970s by Jorge and Ivani Yunes, the collection grew with no museological concern; rather, its driving force was the couple’s passionate gaze and their love for art, beauty and culture. The collection brings together over 90 thousand items, from paintings and sculptures to silverware, sacred art, historical documents, ethno-historical artifacts and curiosities.

The collection holds precious works of Brazilian art from the 18th century to the modern period. It also contemplates international artists and icons of universal art.

The Ivani and Jorge Yunes Collection took on a more public aspect after Dr. Jorge’s passing, in 2018. In this very short time, the collection was subject to a broad and detailed process of documentation, archiving and cleaning and has been shown in several museums in Brazil and abroad by means of temporary and long-term loans, as well as donations.

Pinacoteca de São Paulo

Pinacoteca de São Paulo is a visual arts museum which highlights Brazilian artistic production from the 19th century to the present age in a dialogue with other world cultures. It was established in 1905 by the government of the state of São Paulo and is the oldest arts museum in the city. Pinacoteca holds long-term exhibitions of its celebrated collection of Brazilian art and special exhibitions dedicated to Brazilian and foreign artists, in addition to multidisciplinary public projects and a comprehensive and inclusive educational program.

Its original collection comprised 26 works transferred from the Museu Paulista of the University of São Paulo, while the current collection consists of about 11,000 pieces, including works by Brazilian artists such as Anita Malfatti, Lygia Clark, Tarsila do Amaral, Almeida Júnior, Pedro Alexandrino, Candido Portinari, and Oscar Pereira da Silva, among others.

Pinacoteca has two buildings open to the public, with a very busy schedule: Pinacoteca Luz and Pinacoteca Estação. Pinacoteca Luz, known to visitors as Pina Luz, housed formerly the Arts and Crafts Lyceum. Designed at the end of the 19th century by architect Ramos de Azevedo, the building was subject to a large renovation led by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha at the end of the 1990s. The Pinacoteca Luz Building houses one of the main conservation and restoration laboratories in Brazil.

Pinacoteca Estação or Pina Estação was reopened in 2004, having originally housed the offices and warehouses of Sorocabana Railways. The building itself, also designed by Ramos de Azevedo, was completely renovated by architect Haron Cohen in order to accommodate part of the temporary exhibition schedule and of the main museum collection.

The first floor of Pina Estação Building is a home for the CEDOC – Memory and Documentation Center and the Walter Wey Library, which lodges a large collection of visual arts publications that can be accessed by the general public. The ground floor and the third floor house the São Paulo Resistance Memorial, in the very building that served as headquarters for the São Paulo State Department for Political and Social Order (Deops/SP) from 1940 to 1983.


Pinacoteca de São Paulo:

Wednesdays to Mondays, 2 to 8 PM.

Pina Luz Building

Praça da Luz 2, São Paulo, SP – Rooms A and B, 2nd floor and courtyard (ground floor)

Tickets: R$ 25,00 (entry); R$ 12,50 (half-entry for identified students)

Tickets are sold exclusively through the Pinacoteca website (www.pinacoteca.org.br)

Free entrance for people under 10 and over 60.

Entrance to Pina is free for all on Saturdays, but a reservation must be made through the website.


Pina Estação Building

Largo General Osório, 66 – Luz

Wednesdays to Mondays, 2 to 8 PM.

The entrance is free, but a reservation (with specified date and time) must be made through the website (www.pinacoteca.org.br).