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Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture

Start Date 16 February 2006
End Date 21 May 2006
Venue Barbican Art Gallery
Location London, UK
Curator Carlos Basualdo

Exploding onto the cultural scene of late 1960’s Brazil. Tropicália was the revolutionary movement that influenced the art, politics, music and fashion of the era. 

Providing the most comprehensive survey yet, this exhibition revisited the energy and excitement of this seminal moment in Brazilian culture. It examined its relationship with the complicated urban and political landscape of Latin America in the late sixties and early seventies. 

The exhibition included over 250 exhibits showcasing the range and breadth of the movement, including album covers, fashion, posters, documentaries, advertising, books, theatre sets, television footage and seminal work by visual artists of the era.

Tropicália’s influence continues to have an impact on a new generation of artists, writers and musicians working in Brazil today. Assessing this impact, the exhibition included a number of new commissions by artists and musicians who had been inspired by Tropicalism. 

Organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York and Gabinete Cultura, São Paulo, Brazil.