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DES.1999.0002.008949519

Burle Marx Collection: An Inventory.

Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: DES.1999.0002.008949519
Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Title: The Roberto Burle Marx Collection: An Inventory
Date(s): 1990-1991
Quantity: 1 linear feet
Quantity: Extent is approximate
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The collection contains research files and correspondence exchanged between Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), William Howard Adams, and the Museum of Modern Art during 1990-1991.

Acquisition Information:

Immediate source of acquisition: The Burle Marx Collection was the gift of William Howard Adams, a scholar and personal friend of Burle Marx, who was also the curator of the exhibition of Burle Marx's work: The Unnatural Art of the Garden, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1991.

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Biography

Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) was Brazil's most influential landscape architect and is internationally recognized as the "creator of the modern garden." He designed approximately 3000 works during his 62-year career, of which only a fraction have been realized, and collaborated with architects such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa, Richard Neutra, and Le Corbusier, who introduced him to modernism. Burle Marx is also recognized for his discovery of some thirteen plants that bear his name, and his ecologically informed landscapes. A noted painter, botanist, and designer, his work has been extensively covered in conferences, publications, and exhibitions. He has been awarded numerous prizes worldwide, in recognition for his landscape design.

Arrangement

The Burle Marx Collection is comprised of Series A (MoMA Exhibition: Correspondence and Other Related Material), Series B (Writings and Articles), Series C (Clippings), Series D (Journals), and Series E (Slides). All series contain material assembled and maintained by William Howard Adams, curator of the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: The Unnatural Art of the Garden held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1991.

Scope and Contents

The research files and correspondence included in the collection are related to the preparation of the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: The Unnatural Art of the Garden, held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1991 and curated by William Howard Adams. It also includes clippings and writings by and about Burle Marx, and some 350 slides documenting his work.

Container List

Personal Names Index

Corporate Names Index

Conference Names Index

Titles Index

LC Topical Headings Index

Geographic Names Index

Genre / Form Index

AAT Terms Index


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