Bruno Munari

About Artist: Bruno Munari was born in 1907 in Milan where he died in 1998. Munari was such a versatile artist that he might be considered the Renaissance man of the twentieth century. He was active in the fields of painting, sculpture, cinema, industrial design, design, and graphics, excelling in each of them. He was also a writer and poet and even became an industrial consultant: in other words, he typified the outburst of creativity that marked the “Italian Miracle” in the 1950s and 1960s. Given Munari’s fascination with geometrical forms and his search for detachment it was perhaps inevitable that he would choose to make prints. His interlocking forms and sharp colors were ideally matched to silkscreen techniques and yet, due to his subtle exploitation of color-space, his prints convey a continual sense of movement: the images are anything but static and cold. As a very young man he participated in the Futurist movement and, in 1930, created the “Macchina aerea”, the very first mobile in the history of art, as well as works he baptized “useless machines”. In Milan in 1948, together with Atanasio Soldati, Gillo Dorfles, and Gianni Monnet, he founded MAC, movimento arte concreta, aimed at promoting non-figurative art, in particular geometric abstraction. In 1947 he created “Concavo-convessa” one of the very first installations in the history of art, preceding by two years Lucio Fontana’s black environment shown in the Galleria Naviglio in 1949. He was also one of the very first artists to make use of Polaroid filters and in 1954 at MoMa he presented a show called “Munari’s Slides”. Other more recent exhibitions include: “A Bruno Munari Retrospective”, Palazzo Reale, Milan,1986; “A Bruno Munari Retrospective”, Museum of Jerusalem, Israel,1989; Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, 1995; “Bruno Munari Instalace”, Museum of Modern Art, Klatovy Gallery, Klenova, Czech Republic, 1997; “Tinguely e Munari. Opere in azione”, Museo La Spezia, La Spezia, 2004; “Bruno Munari”, Rotonda della Besana, Milan, 2007; “Bruno Munari”, Museo di Ara Pacis, Rome, 2008; “Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past”, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, 2012. His works are also to be found in many important collections in Italy and abroad.

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