Spanning the years 1945 – 1980, the presentation focuses on themes that would remain at the core of Munari’s practice throughout his career, including dynamism, the machine, and explorations of movement and light. Highlights of the presentation include Fontana a Ruota (1958), an experimental fountain designed for the home of Ico Parisi, as well as Munari’s collaborations with the Italian company Danese, including his L’Ora X (1963) (represented in the collection of MoMA, New York) and Tetracono (1965).
The presentation will also include an important drawing from the 1940s, Munari’s experiments with polarized light and works produced with the Rank Xerox Machine.
Bruno Munari’s work is currently the subject of an exhibition at Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, curated by Alberto Salvadori, on view through November 10. From 2018 - 2019, Bruno Munari’s work was the subject of a travelling exhibition in Japan, Bruno Munari: Conservare lo spirito dell’infanzia (Keeping the Spirit of Childhood), which originated at Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Japan, and traveled to the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Iwate Museum of Art, and the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo. Munari exhibited extensively throughout his lifetime, participating in major international exhibitions that include Documenta 3, Kassel, 1964, Documenta 4, Kassel, 1968, and nine editions of the Venice Biennale. His work has also been exhibited at institutions that include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Hayward Art Gallery, London, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, among others.