Struttura continua, 1961-1977
Bruno Munari was born in 1907 in Milan, where he also died in 1998. He was active in many domains including painting, cinema, industrial design, graphic art, publishing and teaching. Having been associated with futurism, in 1948 he co-founded the Concrete Art movement, which favoured elementary geometry. He used the same vocabulary in his mobiles “useless machines” and his “travel sculptures”, which could be folded and carried. He designed furniture for Danese (his Falkland lamp) and published book-objects, often with children in mind. With these, the artist asked questions about shape and utility, very attentive to the “body” of the work. He created “unreadable” books, where geometrical shapes replaced the text or “pre-books” made of wood, fabric and cardboard. His work was experimental, with important elements of humour and playfulness and is exhibited in many international museums (the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the MoMA in New York etc.).