Born in 1909, Brazilian landscape architect and painter Roberto Burle Marx created fascinatingly gorgeous works of art out of plants, many of which were native to Brazil. This landscape architect, whose work is currently being honored through an exhibition at the Paço Imperial Museum in Rio de Janeiro, brought a sense of modernism and high art to landscaping. Many of Marx's artistic ideals are reflected in his home, Santo Antonio da Bica sítio.
While the house dates back to the 16th century, when Marx bought it in 1948, his main use for the home and grounds was to store his collection of plants. When he took it as his main residence, he also added a modern art studio, where he could work on his paintings. The artist and landscape architect lived there from the early '70s until his death. The property was donated to the Brazilian government, and is now a national monument open to visitors.
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In a recent New York Times article, Lauro Cavalcanti, the curator of an exhibition devoted to the work of Roberto Burle Marx, notes that, "Burle Marx created tropical landscaping as we know it today, but in doing so he also did something even greater . . . By organizing native plants in accordance with the aesthetic principles of the artistic vanguard, especially Cubism and abstractionism, he created a new and modern grammar for international landscape design.”
If you're visiting Rio de Janeiro, stop by this 100-acre property, which includes Marx's home and a private chapel (that's open to the public for weddings). Any plant lover will have plenty to be amazed by, since the property boasts over 3,500 plant species, as well as pottery and paintings. Check out the gallery for more images of this gorgeous property.