Bruno Munari

Designer Milan / Italy

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Bruno Munari
Bruno Munari (Milan 1907-1998) was "one of the greatest protagonists of 20th century art, design and graphics", making fundamental contributions in the visual expressions field (painting, sculpture, cinematography, industrial design, graphics) and non-visual (writing, poetry, teaching) with a multifaceted research on the theme of movement, light and the development of creativity and imagination in childhood through play.
Bruno Munari is one of the most important eclectic figures of the Italian twentieth century and, together with the spatial Lucio Fontana, Bruno Munari dominates the Milanese economic boom scene. We are in the Fifties and Sixties, time in which the figure of the visual artist is born, becoming business consultant and actively contributing to the post-war Italian industrial renaissance.
Munari participated from a very young age in futurism, from which he detached himself with a sense of lightness and humor, inventing the "aerial machine" (1930), the first piece of furniture in the history of art, and, among the most emblematic creations, the "useless machines" (since 1933), mechanisms by which Munari experimented with perceptive possibilities, thus anticipating the optical art.
Towards the end of the 1940s he founded the MAC (Movement for concrete art) as a coalition of Italian abstractionist instances by proposing a synthesis of the arts, able to combine traditional figurative arts with new communication tools, thus demonstrating a possible convergence of industrialists and artists, of art and technique. In 1947 he created "Concave-convex", one of the first installations in the history of art, just before the black environment that Lucio Fontana presented in 1949 at the Galleria Naviglio in Milan.
For the art it's time to transform itself in an environment in which the user is solicited in a multi-sensorial and not only mental way.
In 1950 he created the projected painting through abstract compositions enclosed between slides breaking down the light thanks to the use of the Polaroid filter and in 1952 Munari created the polarized painting, which he presented at MoMA in 1954 with the Munari's Slides exhibition.
Bruno Munari is considered one of the protagonists of programmed and kinetic art, and for his great and intense creativity and for the multiplicity of his activities, he escapes any definition and cataloging.
Bruno Munari
Bruno Munari
  • 1907 - 1998 †