Ana Maria Maia, new chief curator of the Pinacoteca
Ana Maria Maia, new chief curator of the Pinacoteca. Photo: Levi Fanan

A From September onwards, Ana Maria Maia, 38, from Pernambuco, will assume the position of chief curator of the picture gallery, in Sao Paulo. Also next month, Ana Maria will lead the first panoramic view by Jonathas de Andrade, in the Pina Estação building. The announcement was made yesterday (16/8) by the institution. The new chief curator will replace Valéria Piccolli, who has been in charge since 2012.

Born in Recife, Ana Maria is a researcher and professor of contemporary art. She is currently doing a PhD in Art Theory and Criticism at the University of São Paulo (USP). For three years, she was already a curator at the Pinacoteca, where she was responsible for the individual Hudinilson Jr.: Explicit (2020) Joan Jonas: Five Decades (2020-2021), Rosângela Rennó: Small Ecology of the Image (2021) and Ayrson Heráclito: Yorubaian (2022). The curator also participated in the group show Black Encyclopedia (2021) and special projects André Komatsu: Long Night (2021) and Lais Myrrha: The Condenser of Futures (2021)

In her curriculum, Ana Maria Maia also has the editorial curatorship of the second edition of Cracks – Arts Triennial, together with Júlia Ayerbe, acting as assistant curator of the 33rd Panorama of Brazilian Art at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (2013), as well as curator of the Directions Visual Arts at Itaú Cultural (2011-2012). He was also part of the Research and Curatorship Center at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (2011-2013) and was curator assistant for the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2009-2010). In the publishing sector, she is the organizer of the book Flavio de Carvalho (Azougue, 2014) and author of Art-Vehicle: Interventions in Brazilian Mass Media (Circuit and Application, 2015), the result of a Funarte Scholarship to Stimulate Artistic Production.

In the statement released by Pinacoteca, Ana Maria highlights that “the work of the curatorship team increasingly intertwines the institution’s collection with a diversity of narratives, territories and processes”. Jochen Volz, director-general of the museum, stressed that “his choice for the position guarantees not only continuity, but also the promotion of new perspectives and questions for the collection and programming of the Pinacoteca.”

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