SITIO BURLE MARX
AUGUST 2, 2021
Last week Sítio Roberto Burle Marx was selected as world heritage under the cultural landscape category by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (Unesco). It is the 23rd Brazilian location on the world heritage list.
Sítio Roberto Burle Marx was already recognized as a Brazilian cultural heritage since 1985 when Burle Marx donated the property to IPHAN (National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute), a heritage register of Brazil's federal government. The land has over 3,500 tropical and subtropical plants species that coexist in harmony with native vegetation, one of the most important collections of living plants globally.
For IPHAN President Larissa Peixoto, the title makes Brazil, IPHAN, and the Brazilian people proud.
In 1949, Roberto Burle Marx and his brother Guilherme Siegfried acquired the old Sítio Santo Antônio da Bica. In 1985, the landscape architect donated the place to the federal government to ensure the continuity of studies, disseminate acquired knowledge, and share the space with society.
Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) constructed his worldwide recognized career shaping the outside with his botanicals landscapes, but his interiors are also overwhelming. The house where the modern landscape architect and artist lived for the last twenty years of his life, located outside Rio de Janeiro, served as a living laboratory for his various vocations, with studios for painting and drawing and a fantastic garden of his own design planted with native flora. It works now as a Study Center for Landscaping, Botany, and Nature Conservation opened to the public.
In 1999, after his death, Burle Marx's residence became a house museum. In addition to the original rooms and objects for personal use, the museum displays art and craftsmanship collections acquired throughout his life, including ceramics from the Jequitinhonha Valley (in Minas Gerais), Colombian art, and his own paintings, called by him as "objects of poetic emotions."
Visits can be scheduled by email or phone and are guided by specialized mediators.
The service can be individual or in groups, lasting approximately 1h30.
CONTACT SITIO BURLE MARX
55 21 2410.1412
Estrada Roberto Burle Marx, nº 2019
Barra de Guaratiba
Rio de Janeiro/RJ - Brazil