From Saturday, June 8th, 2019 to Sunday, September 29th, 2019 the New York Botanical Garden will hold a large exhibition of Roberto Burle Max’s work. Roberto Burle Marx (1909–94) was a force of nature in Brazil – through his bold landscapes, vibrant art, and passionate commitment to plant conservation. His powerful modernist vision produced thousands of gardens and landscapes, including the famous curving mosaic walkways at Copacabana Beach in Rio and the beautiful roof-top garden at Banco Safra in São Paulo.

During the NYBG exhibition, visitors will experience his artistic energy and love of plants during the Gardenwide exhibition of lush gardens; paintings, drawings, and textiles; and the sights and sounds of Brazil that inspired his life and work.

Lush Gardens

Experience Burle Marx’s boldly creative yet precise landscape designs, which come to life in this large botanical exhibition. Vast and immersive gardens, highlighting native plants of Brazil, include his signature curved, patterned pathways, a sculptural water feature, a living wall, and other design elements overflowing with palms, cycads, aroids, bromeliads, elephant’s ears, and more.

Vibrant Art

See Burle Marx’s paintings, drawings, and textiles, inspired by the culture and nature of Brazil, and how his artistic process helped him define the forms and shapes of his gardens. Discover the Sítio, his living laboratory and home where he worked and entertained friends and colleagues, leading botanists, artists, poets, and cultural figures from around the world.

The Sights and Sounds of Brazil

Enjoy Brazil’s unique celebrations of music and dance – from Carnival to samba and Capoeira to jazz – and other cultural programs evoking the exuberance of Rio de Janeiro, the “Cidade Maravilhosa” that filled Burle Marx’s life and work in Brazil.

Opening Weekend Celebration
June 8th & 9th; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate Brazil’s lively contributions to music and dance evoking Rio de Janeiro, the “Cidade Maravilhosa” that Roberto Burle Marx called home.

Interactive Samba Sessions with Grupo Ribeiro
Saturday, June 8th; 12 – 2 p.m.
Leon Levy Visitor Center: Learn to move with the lively rhythmic pulse during samba lessons, then join in the festivities that follow.

• Parade & Dance Party
Get up and move during Brazilian music and dance pro-gramming held throughout the opening weekend celebration.

Saturday, June 8th; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
From the Mosholu Entrance to Conservatory Plaza: Batalá New York, a women’s samba-reggae percussion band, leads an exuberant, Carnival-flavored parade that starts at the Mosholu Entrance and ends with a lively dance party at the Conservatory Plaza. Join the parade’s samba and capoeira dance ensembles, student participants from Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program, and Brazilian brass band Nation Beat.

Sunday, June 9th; 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza: Enjoy the propulsive rhythms of Nation Beat all afternoon, as the dynamic drum group provides a non-stop reason to get up and dance.

Artes Brasileiras

The Artes Brasileiras! performing arts series showcases the wide range of Brazilian music and dance that permeated Roberto Burle Marx’s home and life.

Musical Performances
Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza & Ross Hall: Listen to Brazil’s unique mix of indigenous, European, and African rhythms, from jazz and Tropicália to chamber music.

Capoeira and Brazilian Dance Performances
Sundays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza & Ross Hall: NYC-area capoeira groups perform interactive demonstrations of this highly energetic Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music. Additional dance styles, including samba, forró, and maculelê will be explored on select Sundays.

For lineup of performing artists and more information, visit:


Choro das 3: Celebrating the Legacy of Roberto Burle Marx
Presented by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York

On the eve of the opening of Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, the New York Botanical Garden exhibition on a towering figure of Brazilian modernism, the Consulate General of Brazil in New York celebrates the artistic energy of Burle Marx and the genuine sound of Brazilian choro music with Choro das 3.

Choro das 3 has been reviving the traditional Choro, an instrumental Brazilian Music from the 19th century that has some resonance with New Orleans jazz/ragtime, as well as bluegrass music in the US. The term “choro“ refers to the weeping sounds of the solo instrument, more commonly a flute or clarinet, although the rhythm is often joyous and fast.

Formed of three sisters and their father, Choro das 3 started to play as a band in 2003. Corinaplays flute and piccolo. Lia plays 7-string guitar. Elisa plays mandolin, banjo, clarinet and piano. Their father, Eduardo, plays pandeiro (the Brazilian tambourine). Over the years, this charismatic family has become an “ambassador” for choro music abroad, especially in the US, where they spend the summer on the road from coast to coast, performing and teaching workshops. Besides playing good music, they are great at sharing some background information about the tunes and the composers.

This special evening will evoke timeless melodies of Rio de Janeiro, the city where Burle Marx spent most of his life and whose lush nature inspired his work.

This event will happen on June 7th at 7 p.m. at the Loreto Theater, ticket price $10.00.

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