About the artist
b. 1974 in Antwerp, Belgium
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium
Sophie Nys uses sculpture, photography, video, text and objects to examine precise philosophical, political, historical and artistic themes with a wry sense of humor. Often working from local stories or from the particularity of everyday objects, she addresses larger issues class and gender by asserting the social idiosyncrasy of common objects, products, materials and ideas.
Buch Livre Libro
The M-Budget book is a publication released on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Tisch Table Tavolo’ by Sophie Nys at Archiv in Zurich.
curated by Géraldine Tedder and Christoph Schifferli
Size: 14,85 x 21 cm
Production: Bundesamt für Kultur und Archiv
The subject of this film project ‘Parque do Flamengo’ in Rio de Janeiro was designed by Roberto Burle Marx between 1954 and 1959 and finally completed in 1965. Burle Marx (1909-1994) was next to a painter, singer, sculptor and landscape ecologist the most extraordinary landscape architect of the twentieth century.
In 1932 he made his first garden for a private residence designed by the architects Lucio Costa and Gregori Warchavchik. The 3000 designs that will follow gave Burle Marx undisputed world fame and he is also considered responsible for introducing modernist landscape architecture in Brazil. The urban and architectural projects for the new area – including the Museum of Modern Art – were under the management of architect Afonso Reidy (1909-1964) and Burle Marx.
The park, seven kilometers long, with a total area of 1.200.000 m2, provides space for an expressway, an artificial beach, banks, bridges, tunnels, museums, monuments, recreation and above all, more than 1000 plants and trees.
‘Burle Marx believed that the collection, identification, propagation, and recomposition of the Brazilian flora in urban parks in such large masses and such striking compositions would in the end help turn the wilderness of Brazil’s endangered environment, into an intimate experience that everybody could understand, value, and therefore eventually protect.’ Rossana Vaccarino
Objective of the film project is a semi-documentary film whose main character is a park with an undeniable social role. Arto Lindsay was asked to compose the soundtrack based on the plants used by Burle Marx in the Parque do Flamengo.
Parque do Flamingo