FROM BRAZIL: Brazilian Modern: The Living Art Of Roberto Burle Marx⠀
The work of a visionary modernist landscape designer and pioneer of rainforest preservation recreated in New York City by his student: plantlife that’s as politically relevant as it is beautiful
WHAT’S GOING ON: A chunk of New York’s Botanical Garden is transformed to represent the art of Roberto Burle Marx, Brazil’s pioneering landscape designer, and conservationist.⠀
WHAT’S ON VIEW: The crown jewel is, of course, the garden, created by Burle Marx’s student, Miami-based landscape designer, the aptly named Raymond Jungles. Commencing outside, and then continuing into the conservatory, the garden includes native Brazilian species of plants, with an emphasis on some of Burle Marx’s discoveries, as well as the species named after him. Some plants, like the spotted blooming begonias, the coral-like yellow berry aechmeas, and the staggering elephant’s ears, look like they’ve come alive in modernist painting.⠀
WHY YOU NEED TO VISIT or PAY ATTENTION: The Amazon is on fire, and it’s crucial to point out that Burle Marx was one of the first people who called for the preservation of his country’s rainforests. It’s a bittersweet task to learn about the Amazonian species Burle Marx discovered, and the efforts he advocated for from the perspective of the 2019 catastrophe. But it’s also imperative to pay homage to this visionary man and to continue his efforts further. His garden designs are so effortless that they’ll find fans among formal garden lovers. And their wildness will surely appeal to people whose heart drops at the sight of a mowed lawn, like myself. Moreover, they’re so fun, that they’ll convert even people who never identified as plant-lovers, and will be a riot to explore for the kids. As for anyone who lives in New York, this exhibition will become a shortcut to a pricey Brazilian vacation.⠀ Read the full review on our website, LINK IN BIO.