Innovative 20th Century Landscape Architect Focus of First U.S. Exhibition to Showcase Full Range of His Artistic Output.
From Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to Biscayne Boulevard in Miami Beach,throughout Brazil and around the world, the innovative and prolific work of Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) has made him one of the most prominent landscape architects of the twentieth century. From May 6 through September 18, 2016, the Jewish Museum will present the first New York City exhibition to focus on Burle Marx in more than two decades, and the first exhibition in the United States to showcase the full range of his artistic output. Through nearly 140 works, Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist will explore the richness and breadth of the artist’s oeuvre – his landscape architecture, painting, sculpture, theater design, textiles, and jewelry – as well as related works by contemporary artists and examples from Burle Marx’s varied collections. Following its New York presentation, the exhibition will travel to Berlin, Germany and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is a strong year for design and architecture at the Jewish Museum with the presentation of three major design exhibitions: Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History (on view through August 9), Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, and Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design (November 4-March 26).
Roberto Burle Marx Exhibition Opens May 6 at the Jewish Museum.
Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Claudia J. Nahson, Morris and Eva Feld Curator, with Rebecca Shaykin, Leon Levy Assistant Curator, The Jewish Museum. The exhibition was designed by Galia Solomonoff and Alejandro Stein of SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio with graphic design by Miko McGinty and Rita Jules of Miko McGinty Inc.
This exhibition is organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, in collaboration with the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx, Rio de Janeiro. Works have been lent by the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx and by Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda. (Burle Marx Landscape Design Studio), both in Rio de Janeiro, and other generous lenders.
The Sítio Roberto Burle Marx is a cultural site on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and the former residence of Roberto Burle Marx. A unique estate, the Sítio is the main repository of Burle Marx’s artistic output, also housing his collections of Brazilian popular and sacred art, religious paintings of the Cuzco School, seashells, glass, and Precolumbian artifacts. The Sítio’s extensive gardens feature the artist’s living collection of tropical and semitropical plants, one of the largest in the world.
Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda. (Burle Marx Landscape Design Studio) was founded in 1955. Haruyoshi Ono, the current Director, joined the firm in 1965, working with Roberto Burle Marx for some thirty years and collaborating with him in all landscape design projects beginning in 1968. Since Roberto Burle Marx passed away in 1994, Haruyoshi has continued his legacy. The firm oversees the Roberto Burle Marx archives, offers consultancy for the restoration of its early gardens, and develops new landscape design projects.