The Spirit of Roberto Burle Marx Design at the Jewish Museum Shop

Pattern Notebook, Leather Coin Purse, Glasses Case, and Tote by Grimmer inspired by Roberto Burle Marx’s tile design for the Walter Moreira Salles residence


Gardens of the Walter Moreira Salles residence, now the Instituto Moreira Salles, with Roberto Burle Marx’s azulejo tile wall, 1951. Photograph © Cesar Barreto

A 20th century renaissance man, Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s creative output was not only limited to landscape architecture but also included painting, sculpture, and designs for textiles, jewelry, theater sets and costumes, ceramics, and stained-glass. His reputation as an abstract modernist was defined by his major projects which blended the geometric and biomorphic forms he became known for, such as the undulating pavement designs of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.

To complement Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, an exhibition which also features the work of contemporary artists with ties to Latin America who were influenced by his practice, the Jewish Museum Shop brought together a selection of colorful products made by artisans, many of whom grew up in Brazil surrounded by Burle Marx’s landscapes, and were inspired by his body of work.

Featured below are highlights from the Jewish Museum Shop’s selection of merchandise inspired by Roberto Burle Marx, all sourced through our own contemporary way of looking — hashtags on Instagram and Etsy.

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Looking Back at One Year of the Jewish Museum’s Young Patron Program


Resonating through the Jewish Museum’s collection of 26,000 objects is the powerful story of continuity — the connections across time and place that have shaped the history of Jewish culture and art for centuries. Continuity is just as important to the Museum itself: It has thrived for more than 110 years thanks to generations of supporters who have recognized the importance of the institution and its mission, and in this past year, we have been very excited see the important role Young Patrons are playing at the Museum.

Now celebrating its first anniversary, the Jewish Museum’s Young Patron Program is a dynamic group for young professionals and art supporters, ages 21-40, interested in art and Jewish culture. Members enjoy the rewarding experience of curated events and programs, such as gallery visits, curator-led exhibition tours, Shabbat dinners, and a calendar of social gatherings.

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The Fictional Portrait: An Investigation into Two Mysterious Paintings


Stephen Brown, Curator of Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait on view through August 14, 2016


Masterpieces & Curiosities is a series of essay-style exhibitions organized around single works from the Jewish Museum’s permanent collection. Each exhibition examines and rethinks the piece on view by surrounding it with other artworks, objects, documents, and source materials. The latest iteration of the series, The Fictional Portrait, explores the provenance of two colonial American portraits from the Jewish Museum collection, and the complex relationship between portraiture and truth.

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