6/2/16–6/30/16

New York / Exhibition

Forma Livre The Jewelry of Brazil’s Burle Marx Brothers

Wright presents an exhibition of jewelry from MAHNAZ COLLECTION, Forma Livre: The Jewelry of Brazil’s Burle Marx Brothers. The selection features largely one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces by the renowned landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx and his brother, the Idar-Oberstein trained lapidary-jeweler Haroldo Burle Marx, both working between the late 1940s and the 1980s.

The 18 karat gold jewels on display combine the design hand of Roberto, the highly influential tropical modernist and polymath, with the fine eye, sense of scale and innovative stone work of Haroldo who shaped, in free form – or forma livre – style, a magnificent array of colored stones. Together, and individually, the Burle Marx brothers often approached jewelry making as architects would, preparing drawings and developing scale models for the expertly executed creations.

Roberto Burle Marx (1909 – 1994) is well known for landscape architecture and garden design, but he was also a painter, sculptor, textile designer, a self-taught botanist and notable singer among many other talents. He was recognized as “the real creator of the modern garden” by the American Institute of Architects in 1965 when he was awarded its fine art prize and was a proponent of saving the rainforests and today more than 50 plants species have been named for him.

Haroldo Burle Marx (1911 - 1991) was a pioneering modernist jeweler with his own shop where he employed skilled artisans. He was a passionate promoter of Brazil’s gems including the finest quality opal aquamarine, tourmaline, beryl, amazonite, citrine and amethyst and he created works for Brazilian cultural and political figures as well as a wide-ranging global clientele that included Natalie Wood, Merle Oberon, Valentino, the Queen of England, Empress of Iran, Farah Diba, Indira Gandhi and members of the Rockefeller family.

Forma Livre: The Jewelry of Brazil’s Burle Marx Brothers opens in our New York gallery on June 2ndand will be on view through the 25th. The exhibition features more than forty pieces of jewelry by Roberto and Haroldo Burle Marx as well as original drawings by Roberto Burle Marx from MAHNAZ COLLECTION. In addition other works by Roberto, including more drawings, sculptures and textiles will be on view as well as a selection of modern Brazilian furniture provided by R & Company. The music of a third Burle Marx brother, the accomplished Walter Burle Marx, will be played throughout the exhibition. Select works will be available for sale.

exhibition preview / new york

Highlights from the Exhibition

Haroldo Burle MarxA pavé-set diamond, opal and 18 karat gold pendant

Haroldo Burle MarxA forma livre carved garnet and 18 karat gold necklace

Haroldo Burle MarxA water opal and 18 karat gold ring

Roberto and Haroldo Burle MarxAn 18 karat gold necklace

Roberto Burle MarxA forma livre carved aquamarine and 18 karat gold demi-parure

Roberto and Haroldo Burle MarxA forma livre carved moonstone and 18 karat gold ring

Haroldo Burle MarxA pair of forma livre carved chrysoprase and 18 karat gold earrings

Roberto and Haroldo Burle MarxAn 18 karat gold bracelet

Haroldo Burle MarxA pair of cabochon emerald, amethyst, tourmaline and 18 karat gold earclips

Haroldo Burle MarxA forma livre carved chrysoprase and 18 karat gold bracelet

Haroldo Burle MarxA pavé-set diamond, emerald and 18 karat gold necklace

Haroldo Burle MarxA pair of forma livre carved rose quartz and 18 karat gold earrings

Haroldo Burle MarxAn andalousite and 18 karat gold bracelet

Haroldo Burle MarxA forma livre carved aquamarine and 18 karat gold necklace

Haroldo Burle MarxA blue topaz and 18 karat gold bracelet

Haraldo Burle MarxA forma livre carved chrysoprase and 18 karat gold brooch

Roberto Burle MarxA forma livre carved fire agate and 18 karat gold ring

Roberto Burle MarxA pair of forma livre carved aquamarine and 18 karat gold earrings

Haroldo Burle MarxA cabochon amethyst, aquamarine, garnet, tourmaline and 18 karat gold brooch

Haroldo Burle MarxA cabochon amethyst, aquamarine, garnet, tourmaline and 18 karat gold necklace

Haroldo Burle MarxA forma livre carved aquamarine and 18 karat gold necklace

Haroldo Burle MarxA forma livre carved onyx and 18 karat gold brooch

Roberto and Haroldo Burle MarxA green tourmaline and 18 karat gold bracelet

Haroldo Burle MarxA forma livre carved rose quartz and 18 karat gold pendant

Roberto Burle MarxA forma livre carved blue tourmaline and 18 karat gold ring

Haroldo Burle MarxAn 18 karat gold necklace and matching earrings

Roberto and Haroldo Burle MarxA pair 18 karat gold earrings

Haroldo Burle MarxA cabochon amethyst, aquamarine, beryl, garnet, tourmaline and 18 karat gold bracelet

Roberto Burle MarxA forma livre carved amethyst and 18 karat gold brooch

Roberto and Haroldo Burle MarxA pair of forma livre carved citrine and 18 karat gold earrings

Roberto and Haroldo Burle MarxA cabochon onyx, chalcedony, glass and 18 karat white and yellow gold necklace and earrings

Haroldo Burle MarxA pair of forma livre carved aquamarine and 18 karat gold earrings