Voting in Brazil

The Brazilian Art Museum - FAAP (MAB-FAAP) and the Museum of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) hold, form April 18 the, the exhibition Voto no Brasil: Uma História de Exclusões e Inclusões (Voting in Brazil: A History of Inclusions and Exclusions).

Curated by Ane Cajado, Museum of Superior Electoral Court historian, the exhibition presents the electoral Brazilian history taking as lens the definition of who could and who could not participate in the electoral process, within a historical context that goes from 1532 to 2013.

The exhibition brings together approximately 175 historical documents, objects and reproductions of works by artists that contextualize periods as Aleijadinho, Anita Malfati, Di Cavalcanti, Portinari and Tarsila do Amaral, among others that permeate art in Brazil since the seventeenth century.


Among the rarities, there are some models of voter registration from 1881, a copy of the ballot box of the Empire of Brazil, made ​​of wood, and dating from the nineteenth century; a letter from a candidate asking for votes (nineteenth century); photography of an ballot box used in 1750; the minutes of the election to elect the members of the City Council of Vila Rica in 1711, among other treasures - many of them presented to the public for the first time.


The exhibition will tell how people were included or excluded throughout history according to their social class, gender, race, income, age, schooling, among other criteria of differentiation, contributing to instigate visitors to questioning about the concepts of citizenship and democracy.


Besides exhibiting historical works and reproductions belonging to the collections of institutions such as the Brazilian Art Museum - FAAP, Imperial Museum of Brazil, National Historical Museum, National Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of the Republic, among others, and private collections, there is a collection of objects that recount the history of the country, owned by the Museum of Superior Electoral Court.


Voting in Brazil: A History of Inclusions and Exclusions was designed by the President of the TSE, Minister Cármen Lúcia, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of voting and report on its historical process.


During the period of the exhibition, the Museum of TSE will receive schools and student groups for guided tours with educators from the Educational Services. The free scheduling can be done through phone (61) 3030.9281 or e-mail


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