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(1907 – 1998), Italy

Bruno Munari Biography

Bruno Munari described himself as an 'artist, writer, inventor, designer, architect, and illustrator,' a list that is nowhere near exhaustive. He began his career at an early age during the second wave of Italian Futurism, exhibiting his work for the first time in 1927 at Galleria Pesaro, Milan. In the years following, he progressively moved away from the influence of Futurism, developing an extremely personal and singular project over the course of 70 years. In 1930, he produced the Macchina aerea (Aerial Machine), from which came his Macchine inutili (Useless Machines), anticipating his interest in the deconstruction of the traditional work of art. Much of Munari’s work is characterised by a pedagogic interest and a radical vision of expanding man’s understanding of the world through the development of new forms of visual communication. Prolific in output throughout his life, and tirelessly inventive, his work defied categorisation and includes some of the earliest experiments in what Munari himself would term 'programmed art', as well as light art, installation art, projection-based art, and photocopy art. Throughout his work, Munari viewed technology as a democratising force within Art, citing the potential for an 'art by all', and the destabilisation of the idea of the singular artistic genius. Munari exhibited extensively throughout his lifetime—in 1955, he had a two-person exhibition with Alvin Lustig at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and in 1966, had a solo exhibition at the Howard Wise Gallery, New York. Munari also participated in major international exhibitions, which include Documenta 3, Kassel (1964), Documenta 4, Kassel (1968), and nine editions of the Venice Biennale.

Bruno Munari Featured Artworks

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Singer, sedia per visite brevissime, Zanotta by Bruno Munari contemporary artwork
Bruno MunariSinger, sedia per visite brevissime, Zanotta, 1988Walnut and anodised aluminium
105 x 35 x 20 cm
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Untitled (Ali d'Italia) by Bruno Munari contemporary artwork
Bruno MunariUntitled (Ali d'Italia), c. 1930sIndia ink on paper
27 x 17 cm
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Didattica-tecnica e pratica (Ali d'Italia) by Bruno Munari contemporary artwork
Bruno MunariDidattica-tecnica e pratica (Ali d'Italia), c. 1930sIndia ink on paper
27 x 17 cm
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Spirale azzurra by Bruno Munari contemporary artwork
Bruno MunariSpirale azzurra, 1938Mixed media on paper
40 x 27 cm
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Studio di design by Bruno Munari contemporary artwork
Bruno MunariStudio di design, 1947Mixed media on cardboard
34 x 24 cm
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Studio di design by Bruno Munari contemporary artwork
Bruno MunariStudio di design, 1947Collage and mixed media on cardboard
34 x 24 cm
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Gruppi di forme e colori in movimento (2) by Bruno Munari contemporary artwork
Bruno MunariGruppi di forme e colori in movimento (2), 1953–1992Mixed media on paper
50.2 x 50.2 cm
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Gruppi di forme e colori in movimento (1) by Bruno Munari contemporary artwork
Bruno MunariGruppi di forme e colori in movimento (1), 1953–1992Mixed media on paper
50.5 x 50 cm
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Bruno Munari Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Bruno Munari, Bruno Munari at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 55 Walker Street, New York
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1 March–20 April 2019 Bruno Munari Andrew Kreps Gallery55 Walker Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Bruno Munari, Works: 1930 - 1996 at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 537 West 22nd Street, New York
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17 May–3 July 2018 Bruno Munari Works: 1930 - 1996 Andrew Kreps Gallery537 West 22nd Street

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Bruno Munari In Related Press

What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week Related Press What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week 20 June 2018, The New York Times

I haven’t seen anyone capture our current state of disconnect better than Josh Kline does in Evidence, a show of work by seven artists, himself included, that he curated for Metro Pictures. In the front room, Oto Gillen’s handsome photographs of ominous Wall Street skyscrapers and Allyson Vieira’s apocalyptically cheery wall-mounted arrows made...

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Bruno Munari’s Design as Art Related Press Bruno Munari’s Design as Art 19 June 2018, Frieze Magazine

Coming of age during the second wave of Italian Futurism, the artist and designers’ mind-boggling experiments in genre and classification

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