Museu Mineiro [Monday July 10th]
Cartografar, pintar e desenhar Minas Gerais
Mapping, painting and delineating Minas Gerais
This will display the cartographic evolution of the representation of Minas Gerais, from captaincy to province, during the 18th and 19th centuries. The region’s transformation was recorded on manuscript maps, showing the dynamics of its territorial expansion and growing population (from the centre outwards). Three separate areas evolved: the gold region (centre), the diamond region (northeast), and the backlands, still occupied by the Indians (east and west).
Galeria do Minas Tênis Clube – MTC [Tuesday July 11th]
Olhares sobre o globo: o desafio cartográfico do novo
Looking over the globe: The new cartographic challenge
The Brazilian National Library grew out of the collection that King Dom João [John] VI brought to Brazil when the Portuguese royal family fled to South America after the invasion of Portugal by Napoleon’s troops. Among the items saved is an illuminated manuscript of Ptolemy’s Geography. The Cartography division will display a representative sample of both precious and little known items from that collection, both manuscript and printed. These illustrate how the Portuguese represented their empire in maps.
The Art Gallery was opened in 2013, to provide a democratic space for artistic and cultural production.
Museu Histórico Abílio Barreto – MHAB [Thursday July 13th]
Belo Horizonte: uma cidade planejada nos trópicos
Belo Horizonte: a planned city in the tropics
This exhibition features the collection of visual and cartographic representations (maps, panoramas, and blueprints of public and private constructions) from the period of the creation of the city of Belo Horizonte. The material belonged formerly to the committee charged with building the city and is now owned by the Abílio Barreto Historical Museum and the city archive.
The MHAB is part of the Municipal Foundation of Culture of the Municipality of Belo Horizonte. Its origins date back to 1935 when the journalist and writer Abilio Barreto was invited to organize the General Archive of the City Hall. He began collecting documents and objects for a future city museum of history, concentrating on two aspects: the former Curral Del Rei village and parts for the new capital (Belo Horizonte city). The house of the former Leitão farm, part of the museum, is the only architectural remnant of the surroundings of the Curral Del Rei village.