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Name: Eloisa Rodrigues

PhD: Museum Studies

Thesis Title: Braziling: mapping Brazilian art in collections across the UK


Thesis Description:

From the post-war period to the present, UK interest in Brazilian art has shifted with political and economic allegiances and the interests of art-world brokers (Montes 2007; Fideliz 2008). Broader international acquisition policies have signalled a move from viewing art history as a geographically restricted canon (Asbury 2012) but the factors influencing decisions to acquire particular works from specific nations remain unexamined. By analyzing the acquisition of Brazilian art by public museums in the UK, I will explore the underlying factors influencing how museums and galleries shape public understanding of art from previously under-represented nations.

Using object histories, I will interrogate how shifting perceptions of Brazilian art within an established US-Western European canon (Barriendos 2013) have influenced acquisitions. Whereas interest in Brazilian art in the UK has focused on modern and contemporary art, I will cover art produced from the colonial period onwards allowing for a more complex consideration of how works from diverse time-periods form part of a history of collecting activity, given the shift of meaning objects receive throughout time (Clifford 1988). The development of an accessible database of Brazilian art held by public collections will be a longer-term outcome of the research project.


Supervisors and Institution(s):

Dr Isobel Whitelegg, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Dr Giasemi Vavoula, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Dr Courtney J Campbell, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham


Other Research Interests:

  • Brazilian art, culture and history
  • Transnational art
  • Exhibition practice
  • History of collecting
  • Digital in Museums
  • Postcolonialism theory
  • Archives
  • Digitisation projects
  • Latin American Art
  • History of Art


Public engagements

September 2019: "From “poor and struggling”  to an international canon: the shift in the discourse on Brazilian art in the UK", paper delivered at the International Conference “Interaction, Integration and Flow: Researching the Museum in the Global Contemporary”, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China.

June 2019: "Braziling: mapping Brazilian art in collections across the UK", paper delivered at Research Week, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

June 2019: "Elas se divertem and the first acquisitions of Brazilian art in the UK", paper delivered at SPLAS Forum 2019, University of Nottingham

June 2019: Chair of keynote address at the SPLAS Forum 2019, University of Nottingham

May 2019: Chair of research relay session at the M3C Research Festival.


Conferences organised

June 2019: Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Postgraduate Community Forum, University of Nottingham


Other activities

Editor-in-Chief of issue 24 of the Museological Review Journal (to be published in 2020)




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Twitter: @eloisarod

Instagram: @braziling_artuk

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