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Beautiful Marvelous!

January 25 @ 8:30 am - May 31 @ 4:30 pm

The tropics of Brazil, in Tucson? 


Tucson Landscape designer, Jason Isenberg and his team at REALM will transform over 2,000 square feet of the Exhibition Garden into a modernist garden – with a southwest twist.  The temporary display garden will highlight asymmetric forms, color and definition that define the world-famous landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx (August 4, 1909 – June 4, 1994).




Roberto Burle Marx was a Brazilian landscapes architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist and musician) whose designs of city spaces and residential gardens made him known throughout the world.  He is credited with introducing modernist landscape architecture to Brazil, and influenced a movement from more formal and traditionally designed spaces, to more contemporary spaces.

(photo: KarlGercens.com)



Roberto Burle Marx was one of the earliest people to call for the conservation of Brazil’s rainforest.  More than 50 plants bear his name.


Legacy Gallery

Burle Marx: The Explorer, Collector, and Botanist

Exhibit consultant and curator, David Klanderman, was the first person we called on to help TBG create a cultural exhibit for the 2016 Frida Kahlo Exhibition. When we began exploring the world of Brazil, a call to Mr. Klanderman resulted in a creative session evolving around everything from the paintings of the Amazon by botanical artist, Margaret Mee, to the canoes used around the Amazon basin.


Porter Hall Gallery

The Tropics: Paintings from the Flat File of Manabu Saito

Manabu Saito, and his partner Jack, spent a lifetime traveling the world. Never far from his drawing board, Manabu frequently was seen with an oversized watercolor sketchbook by his side. TBG is pleased to exhibit his works. Selected works will be offered for sale.


Education Building

Kyle Johnston: Expression of Color and Shape

Kyle Johnston is a self-taught artist who has lived and worked in Tucson, Arizona since 1989. He has been active in the local art community for over 25 years. Kyle works in multiple media which include collage, assemblage, and acrylic painting on canvas. Kyle is the founding member of Heart of Tucson Art, an honorary member of the Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona and former member of the Tucson Pima County Review Board for Public Art.

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With support from

The Stonewall Foundation

James & Estella Cole

Bayer Crop Science

Civano Nursery


January 25 @ 8:30 am
May 31 @ 4:30 pm
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