Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx

A stunning, large-scale horticultural tribute explores the Brazilian modernist and his contributions to plant discovery, conservation, and garden design.

Discover Roberto Burle Marx (1909–94), a principal figure in the modernist art and garden movement in Latin America during the second half of the 20th century, and learn how his garden designs were fully integrated with his artistic work, his passion for botany and plant exploration, and his longtime leadership in plant conservation. This is the first ever exhibition to combine a large-scale horticultural tribute to Burle Marx’s design work and a curated gallery of his paintings, prints, drawings, and textiles and will reveal deep connections between his artistic practice and his commitment to environmental conservation. The exhibition will highlight his boldly modern landscape designs, executed in vibrant color and fluid geometric forms; his dynamic and influential works of art; and his celebrated contributions to horticultural exploration and plant conservation in his native Brazil.

Installations at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will be designed Contemporary landscape architect Raymond Jungles, FASLA, who was a protégé of Burle Marx.  Burle Marx’s art and garden lifestyle philosophy will be examined in the Library Building, including art exhibition curated by Edward J. Sullivan, Ph.D., the Helen Gould Shepard Professor of the History of Art and Deputy Director, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In the Britton Science Gallery, a science installation focusing on botany and conservation will explore plants of particular ethnobotanical and economic importance in Brazil, Burle Marx’s own botanical study of Brazilian plants, and the work of NYBG’s scientists in the region.

A diverse and engaging schedule of public programming for all ages will accompany Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx including scholarly symposium, live performances of Brazilian music and dance, a Poetry Walk that explores Brazilian modernist themes important to the work of Burle Marx, hands-on art activities for kids and families in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and an Interactive Mobile Guide.

Header: Rendering of proposed Modernist Garden for the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Lawn at NYBG by Raymond Jungles, Inc.

Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx

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