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.