Ballroom Marfa presents a free digital screening of João Vargas Penna’s Landscape Film: Roberto Burle Marx on May 16th at 8pm CST through our Ballroom Marfa Film channel on vimeo. The film is a journey through the art and life of the Brazilian landscape architect and painter, Roberto Burle Marx, best known for the iconic black-and-white mosaic promenades that line Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach.
This documentary explores Burle Marx’s passion for native flora, and the many new species he discovered on his research trips. From his investigation, Burle Marx was able to pioneer a new form of tropical landscaping by organizing native plants in accordance with the aesthetic principles of Cubism and abstractionism. Ballroom presents this free screening as a complementary program to our current exhibition Longilonge, with Brazilian artist Solange Pessoa.
Highlights in the film include the Burle Marx Site, Flamengo Park and Moreira Salles Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Tacaruna Farm and Vargem Grande, in addition to Euclides da Cunha Square in Recife, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasilia, and projects in France and Venezuela.
Special introduction to Landscape Film: Roberto Burle Marx from Solange Pessoa.
Tune-in for the screening on May 16 through our film channel on Vimeo
João Vargas Penna
João Vargas Penna holds a Master’s in Film and Television from UCLA. Penna lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and works as a filmmaker and visual artist, producing installations, documentaries and TV series focused on the arts, landscapes, and natural and social environments. His works have been exhibited and awarded at festivals around the world including the 5th Mercosul Biennale (Porto Alegre), the It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival (São Paulo), the International Short Film Festival of São Paulo, and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris).