Over his 60-year career, Roberto Burle Marx established himself as a key figure in South American Modernism by designing more than 2,000 gardens and landscapes around the world for private residences, civic buildings, and public spaces. But he was also a tireless creator who worked in numerous media, from painting to sculpture to jewelry. This prolific artistry is on display in Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, now on view at New York’s Jewish Museum.
Spread across two first-floor galleries, the exemplary show — the first full-range American survey of Burle Marx — includes nearly 140 pieces, ranging from vibrant park plans and perspective drawings, to chunky necklaces and rings. An epic, 90-foot-long tapestry the designer wove for the Santo André Civic Center in 1969 is counterbalanced with a large hand-painted tablecloth he created for one of the legendary lunches he hosted at his home, Sítio de Santo Antonio da Bica outside Rio de Janeiro.