The Botanical Garden of New York inaugurated the exhibition The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, landscape artist, one of the most iconic Brazilian artists. Mostra is sponsored by Natura.
Burle Marx (1909-1994) designed thousands of gardens and landscapes throughout his career and was well aware of the importance of sustainability before the subject was debated by the general public. Not by chance, one of the focus of the exhibition will be his passionate defense for the conservation of the native ecosystems of Brazil.
He saw himself as an artist above all else and did not believe in the separation between practice fields, gardens and landscapes. He created, for example the unmistakable black and white mosaics undulating on the sidewalks of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.
The exhibition celebrates the interpretation of modernism by Burle Marx, bringing together a formalism with the exuberance of Brazil’s native plants – palm trees, cycad, Araceae, bromeliads and more. The exhibition will also feature examples of the variety of his art – paintings, drawings and fabrics – revealing his creative process and how his approach to different media helped him to define the forms, shapes and design ideas in his gardens. The center of this research and practice was his site – a living laboratory where he lived, worked and hosted friends and colleagues, leading botanists, artists, poets, and cultural figures from around the world.
“Its landscape design is the pure expression of the spirit and the Brazilian place and, therefore, Natura is proud to be one of the sponsors of the exhibition,” comments Andrea Alvares, vice president of Marketing, Innovation and Sustainability at Natura. The executive was in the event of launching the exhibition, last Tuesday, with the presence of press guests and influencers. “In particular, the artist’s legacy of pressing ecological issues resonates at the heart of our beliefs,” he says.
Burle Marx was also a painter, ceramist, sculptor, researcher, singer, jeweler, upholsterer and set designer. He began collecting plants as a child at the age of seven. And it was on a trip to Berlin to visit the family of his German father after his graduation at the National School of Fine Arts of Rio in 1933 that he recognized the Brazilian flora in a Botanical Garden. This inspired the search of a plant hunter, and about 20 plants bear his name.
The New York Botanical Garden is located in the Bronx neighborhood, just north of Manhattan. Dedicated to preserving and protecting the biodiversity and natural resources of the planet in partnership with local and global communities, the area is home to America’s largest garden of more than 100 hectares and is considered a national heritage.
The show runs until September 29. For tickets and programming, visit http://www.nybg.org