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Arts Culture Connect the Dots: Lito and Kim Camacho

Connect the Dots: Lito and Kim Camacho

Connect the Dots: Lito and Kim Camacho
By Cristina Morales
May 09, 2014
Lito and Kim Camacho tell us how they have married their love with art and have a whole collection to show for it.

Lito and Kim Camacho have accumulated one of the most important private collections in the Asia-Pacific region, especially with regards to the works of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Though a large bulk of their collection consists of Kusama’s work, they also collect different artists with drastically different styles and approaches. We talk to Kim Camacho to find out how they amassed their collection.

"Death of a Nerve" (1976) by Kusama
"Death of a Nerve" (1976) by Kusama

Philippine Tatler: Your collection is very eclectic. What ties the different artworks together?

Kim Camacho: The artworks that we collected reflect our taste during the different stages of our collecting lives. But the one thing they have in common is that we loved them when we acquired them.

"Nirvana" (2013) by teamLab
"Nirvana" (2013) by teamLab
Kim and Lito sit on a Mario Buatta sofa in front of two Yayoi Kusama paintings: "Infinity Nets" and "Black Nets (AAZOB)." Kim wears an Emilio Pucci top, collar and shoes by Kusama for Louis Vuitton
Kim and Lito sit on a Mario Buatta sofa in front of two Yayoi Kusama paintings: "Infinity Nets" and "Black Nets (AAZOB)." Kim wears an Emilio Pucci top, collar and shoes by Kusama for Louis Vuitton

PT: How do decide to acquire a piece of art?

KC: We like collecting with depth so we always try to build around our existing collection. We do a lot of studying, research, and take measured steps. I think this approach has given strength to our collection.

"Statue of Venue Obliterated by Infinity Nets" 1998
"Statue of Venue Obliterated by Infinity Nets" 1998

PT: What gives your collection an edge?

KC: It helps that our children, Bea and Lorenzo, have given us excellent advice in our acquisitions. Not only did both finish summa cum laude and magna cum laude, respectively, at Harvard College for Visual and Environmental Studies, they are both practicing artists and continue to be well-informed about what is going on with art around the world. They are in touch with museum people, curators, critics, writers, scholars, and fellow artists. They are both extremely well read and their knowledge of contemporary art is incredible! We value and highly respect their opinions. Lorenzo, in particular, is very close to one of the most important art critics today, Michael Sanchez, who is already being recognized as an outstanding art theorist among academic circles.

Photography by Wyg Tysmans

Read the full feature in the May 2014 issue of Philippine Tatler. Physically available in leading newsstands and bookstores. Digitally available on Magzter and Zinio.

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Arts & Culture art-collection lito-kim-camacho mario-buatta yayoi-kusama art-fair-philippines emilio-pucci louis-vuitton

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