Roberto Burle-Marx

Roberto Burle Marx was a ground-breaking artist and designer working in Brazil. He became interested in plants and gardens in his youth but his first public commission was in 1935 in Recife. more public and private commissions followed, during which time he developed his ideas about using native plants in bold block planting. In 1949 he acquired a house, now called Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, about 50km (30 mi) southwest of Rio de Janeiro which he used to propagate promising plants he found during expeditions to the forests and savannahs, and where he experimented with plant associations and designs for the rest of his life.
The following gardens are a few of those either designed by or heavily influenced by Roberto. In many cases he was employed to landscape the modernist architecture that was commissioned as the economic climate of Brazil developed, but his innovative designs in no way take second place to the architecture. The dates and names shown are those of the original garden. In many cases the designs have subsequently changed, sometimes with Roberto’s advice or through growth and changes in ownership and maintenance.

Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern
Central and South American flora take center stage in Philodendron, a sprawling exhibition that charts...
16 Oct 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Retratos: The Last Headline
“Retratos: The Last Headline”, curated by Ricardo Sardenberg, pays homage to the portrait...
26 Mar 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
São Paulo
Jardim de Memórias: Parque do Flamengo 50 Anos
Curated by architect and historian  Margareth Pereira and co-curated by Alfredo Brito, this show celebrates...
01 Oct 2015 - 29 Nov 2015
Centro Cultural Correios Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist
«A landscape architect should be able to understand Picasso and Miró», proclaimed Roberto Burle Marx....
07 Jul 2017 - 08 Oct 2017
Tudo Joia
The “Tudo Joia” exhibition’s concept is introducing a view of the production of the 20th...
28 Oct 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
São Paulo
Art Spaces
Galeria Frente
Galleries in São Paulo