Jochen Volz about Instituto Inhotim, Brazil
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Hélio Oiticica, Invenção da cor, Penetrável Magic Square # 5, De Luxe, 1977. (Photo: Carol Reis / Instituto Inhotim)
The concept of Inhotim was first visualized by entrepreneur Bernardo Paz in the mid 80's. The private estate was slowly transformed into a major cultural space, with the first buildings being erected to receive contemporary art works. Since the late 1990s the collection has been continuously expanded and developed to achieve its current worldwide relevance, with artworks by some of today's most powerful artistic voices. One of the main strategies adopted by Inhotim for the enlargement of its collection is to offer the artists the opportunity to create new artworks especially for the collection, often realizing site-specific art projects in dialog with the place's natural and cultural characteristics.
Jochen Volz is Head of Programmes at Serpentine Galleries and curator at Inhotim since 2004. Between 2005 and 2012 Volz served as Artistic Director at the Instituto Inhotim where he has co-curated a series of large-scale site-specific projects on art and architecture with artists, including Adriana Varejão, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Doris Salcedo, Doug Aitken, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Matthew Barney, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tunga, as well as numerous exhibitions from the collection. He is currently working on two new commissions with Olafur Eliasson for Inhotim.