Exhibition brings together works by Burle Marx in a more naturalistic phase

Exhibition brings together works by Burle Marx in a more naturalistic phase
Exhibition brings together works by Burle Marx in a more naturalistic phase

posted on 09/23/2022 06:00 / updated on 09/23/2022 06:37


(credit: Burle Marx)

Burle Marx fed on painting with the same voracity that he fed on botany. This combination was very important for Brasilia’s landscaping and it is this connection that curator Guilherme Wisnik sought to privilege in pictorial botanist, exhibition on display at Casa Albuquerque Galeria de Arte. “It’s an exhibition that considers Burle Marx both a painter and a landscaper. It articulates these two fronts of his work, which are very important and, at the same time, different fronts”, warns the curator.

Thanks to a partnership between Casa Albuquerque and the São Paulo gallery Almeida e Dale, it was possible to bring together works that fit within the scope of the curatorship. The emphasis is on painting and the ensemble brings productions from the beginning of his career, but also from the middle and the end, when the artist entered a more naturalistic phase before diving into abstraction guided by Cubism. “There are a multitude of ways to show the landscape Burle Marx, but I found it more interesting to focus on Brasília, because, if I’m not mistaken, I don’t think this cut was ever done”, explains Wisnik, who also brought drawings, photographs and landscaping projects from 308 South, from Praça dos Cristais, from the Itamaraty gardens and from the zoo-botanical park, which was never built.

Born at the beginning of the 20th century, in 1909, Burle Marx took his first steps in the arts as a naturalist painter and suffered, from the beginning, the influence of Cubism and artists linked to the movement, such as Alexander Calder, Miró and Hans Arp. “The curious thing is that, if we look at Cubist paintings, they usually have very low-key colors, they are ochre and gray”, explains the curator. “And Burle Marx makes a cubism of intense colors, maybe we could say that it is a tropical cubism, which has a great dialogue with the landscape. And when he goes to make gardens, he works intensely with colors.”

Burle Marx:
Pictorial Botanical

Curator: Guilherme Wisnik. Opening today. Visitation until October 29, from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, from 10 am to 1 pm, at Casa Albuquerque (SHIS QI 05 bl. C lj. 9 — mezzanine – CL).

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