The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx at the New York Botanical Garden

8 June–28 September | New York

T his month the New York Botanical Gardens will be overrun by a posthumous exhibition of "living art" by Roberto Burle Marx. The Brazilian modernist artist, landscape architect and polymath, was a force of nature whose approach to design encompassed his passion for architecture, aquatics, botany, conservation, ecology, music, painting and printing.

Roberto Burle Marx during a botanical expedition in Ecuador, 1974. Photograph by Luiz Knud Correia de Araújo, archive Luiz Knud Correia de Araújo.

Famous for his distinctive landscape designs featuring curved walkways, water features, exotic flora, and the use of striking abstract patterns, he not only shaped parks, gardens, and iconic public spaces, but is credited with bringing modernist landscape architecture to Brazil, and making impressive and notable contributions to plant exploration and conservation.

Roberto Burle Marx, Rooftop Garden, Ministry of Education and Public Health, Rio de Janeiro, built 1938. © Leonardo Finotti.

In this first-ever exhibition to combine a large-scale horticultural tribute and a curated gallery of his work, visitors will walk through Burle Marx’s verdant imagination.

The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx is on view at The New York Botanical Garden from 8 June–28 September.

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