Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist

Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) was a twentieth-century Renaissance man: a landscape architect, painter, sculptor, set designer, environmental activist. During his over sixty-year career, he designed more than 2,000 gardens around the world and, on expeditions, discovered almost 50 new plant species. At the same time, he created independent objects of extraordinary beauty. In his home country Brazil, Burle Marx, along with the architects Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, is revered as a pioneer of Brazilian Modernism. His designs for the capital Brasília and above all for Rio de Janeiro have had a lasting impact on the face of these cities. His revolutionary landscape architecture, oriented to abstract painting, has an international reputation even today. The rest of his oeuvre, however, is virtually unknown.

Upcoming events
  • Curator's Tour
    07.07.2017, 18 p.m.

  • "The City as a Garden"
    Podium Discussion & Listening Cinema
    13.07.2017, 6.30 p.m.

The catalogue to the exhibition