The New York Botanical Garden celebrates its Roberto Burle Marx show with a Jungle Garden Party

The lingua franca was Portuguese. The weather was wonderful and the foliage dense. Women slipped into flowing caftans and romantic briefs while sharp-looking men appeared in white sheets. Bossa nova music lit up the night and palm fronds provided privacy and shade. No, it wasn’t a garden party in Búzios or a beach fiesta in Rio de Janeiro, it was a cocktail party in the Bronx at the New York Botanical Garden to celebrate Modern Brazilian: the living art of Roberto Burle Marxa new exhibition dedicated to the work of Brazilian landscape painter Roberto Burle Marx.

A celebrity in Brazil, Burle Marx was a modernist icon who radically transformed the cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo – even strangers would recognize his promenade on Copacabana Beach. The exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden is the conservatory’s first temporary installation on the lawn and the garden’s largest show to date.

For the show, which ran for three years, the New York Botanical Garden partnered with landscape architect Raymond Jungles in this endeavor. Jungles, who was mentored by Burle Marx, explained to vogue, “Burle Marx took a traditional use of materials and revolutionized it to a whole new level. My favorite works are the large public projects on huge squares and gardens, where people from all socio-economic backgrounds mingle. His projects could bring together different people.

To celebrate the heritage of the landscape architect, Francisco Costa, Amalia Spinardi, Ana Khouri, Marina Larroude and Rafael Azzi invited their fashionable friends to an opening cocktail party. Gathering during the golden hour of the evening, guests exchanged a kiss, two kisses, or three kisses, then sipped caipirinhas while admiring unique flora like the triangle palm, elephant ear, and snapdragon. ‘summer. Verdant greens and deep fuchsias flooded the winter garden. Accompanied by a guitarist, bossa nova singer Kay Lyra (daughter of famed musician Carlos Lyra) serenaded guests like Robert Geller and Costa. The latter recently launched his beauty brand Costa Brazil and spoke with vogue on his appreciation of Burle Marx’s plants and plans. “He does beyond anything anyone has ever done; he is truly the Picasso of landscaping.

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