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A Revolution in Brazilian Culture

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. 

Tagged with: Art Gallery Archive

Guest curated by Carlos Basualdo and organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York and Gabinete Cultura, São Paulo, Brazil. 

Major Partner: Visit Brazil. Associate Sponsors: Embassy of Brazil in London, Banco do Brazil, Itaú Europa, Clyde & Co. Official Beer Sponsor: Brahma


Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
22 October 2005–8 January 2006

Barbican Art Gallery, London
15 February–21 Mary 2006

Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon
July–September 2006

Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York
14 October 2006–28 January 2007


‘A dizzying experience ‘
The Daily Telegraph
‘The Tropicália movement had straw beds, paddling pools and even its own parrots. What a great way to fight the Brazilian dictatorship...‘
The Guardian
‘A psychedelic band with a worldwide cult following, a government minister with a musical past and an arts exhibition that invites bare-footed punters to touch the works on display.‘
The Guardian