Rodrigo Moura. Photo Everton Ballardin.

Instituto Inhotim has appointed Rodrigo Moura its director of art and cultural programs. For the past decade, Moura has served as the deputy director and curator of the institute, a contemporary art museum set in a botanical garden in Brumadinho, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. He replaces Eungie Joo, who served as director since July 2012 and was named in November as the curator of the 12th Sharjah Biennial. She will step down next month to focus on curatorial projects.

Moura began working at Inhotim as adjunct curator in 2004, later being promoted to curator and then deputy director and curator. Among his major projects have been commissions from artists Jorge Macchi, Marilá Dardot and Rivane Neuenschwander.

"It is an honor and a challenge to occupy this position after my dear colleagues Eungie Joo and Jochen Volz," Moura said in a press release. "My plan is to focus on new large-scale solo projects, in conjunction with special attention to the care and circulation of the collection."

Inhotim was founded by mining magnate Bernardo Paz, who opened it to the public in 2006.