The Jewish Museum presents the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States dedicated to Roberto Burle Marx, one of the most prominent landscape architects of the 20th century.
The son of a German Jewish father and a Brazilian Catholic mother, Burle Marx embraced modernism in the early 1930s and revolutionized landscape design by using abstraction as his guiding principle and incorporating native plants. Throughout his 60-year career, the artist designed over 2,000 gardens worldwide and discovered close to 50 plant species.
Demonstrating the breadth of his work, Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, on view May 6 through September 18, 2016, features over 100 works, including garden plans, paintings, sculpture, theater designs, jewelry, and a magnificent tapestry—most of which have never been seen in the United States. Also represented in the exhibition are a group of international contemporary artists who have been inspired by Burle Marx: Juan Araujo, Paloma Bosquê, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster,Luisa.
Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist is co-curated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Claudia J. Nahson, Morris & Eva Feld Curator, with Rebecca Shaykin, Leon Levy Assistant Curator.
Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes
May 6–September 18, 2016
Beatriz Milhazes presents Gamboa II, an installation of five intricate sculptures suspended from the ceiling of the Jewish Museum’s lobby. The Brazilian mixed-media artist uses ephemeral and commonplace materials to create colorful and geometric three-dimensional collages. Her work intertwines visual references to Brazilian popular and folk traditions, as well as to Brazil’s artistic movements such as Constructivism and Tropicália. Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings is an exhibition series of artist commissions in the entrance to the Museum. This exhibition is organized by Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, and Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs.
Related Public Programs
Bang on a Can: Performance by Arto Lindsay
Thursday, May 12, 7:30pm
Inspired by the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, this performance echoes themes of cultural experimentation and cross-pollination between American and Brazilian rock and pop music.
This Is How We Do It
Tuesday, May 17, 2pm
Rebecca Shaykin, Leon Levy Assistant Curator, speaks about the contemporary art included in Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist. This program features ASL interpretation.
Mas Que Nada: Brazilian Art Since the 1960s
Thursday, September 8, 6:30pm
This program considers the state of contemporary art in Brazil since the 1960s with a focus on the history of the São Paulo Biennial. Moderated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs.
This Is How We Do It
Tuesday, September 13, 2pm
Claudia J. Nahson, Morris & Eva Feld Curator, speaks about the process of organizing Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist.
Discussions related to Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, led by Jewish Museum educators.
Fridays, May 13, June 24, and September 9, 2pm
The Abstract Landscape
Fridays, May 20 and September 16, and Tuesday, July 19, 2pm
From 2D to 3D and Back Again
Friday, June 10, and Tuesday, July 5, 2pm