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Bruno Munari



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Bruno Munari Painter

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Bruno Munari (Milan, 24 October 1907 - Milan, 29 September 1998) was an artist, designer and Italian writer, considered one of the greatest protagonists of 20th century art, design and graphics. His multifaceted research and imaginative creativity made him a Leonardesque figure, capable of ranging between different expressive fields and communicating through words, objects and toys. Born in Milan in 1907, Bruno Munari spent his childhood and adolescence in Badia Polesine, where his parents moved to manage a hotel. Returning to Milan in 1925, he began working in professional graphics studios, coming into contact with the futurist movement and exhibiting with them in various exhibitions. His artistic research gradually distanced itself from futurism, becoming known for his visual and tactile experiments.
In 1933 he presented to the public his useless machines, mechanical devices that investigated perceptive possibilities and which made him a precursor of optical art. In the following years, Bruno Munari became interested in the constructivist currents, the De Stijl current and the Bauhaus, delving into form and color and seeking aesthetic autonomy of objects.
Throughout his career, Bruno Munari explores different artistic mediums and creates emblematic works. In the 1950s, he dedicated himself to the creation of concave-convex sculptures and positive-negative paintings , as well as visual experiments with polarized light. His research also extends to industrial design, and Munari creates innovative toys, such as the famous Zizì Monkey, which obtained the Compasso d'Oro award in 1954.
In addition to design and visual art, Bruno Munari also dedicates himself to writing. Starting in the 1940s, he began to create a successful series of children's books, which had great success both in Italy and in the United States. Bruno Munari manages to communicate with children through words and images, stimulating their creativity and imagination. In the following years, he continues to explore new artistic frontiers and also dedicates himself to teaching and promoting art for the most young. In 1977, he created the first children's workshop in a museum, at the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, paving the way for an early approach to art. His works and his research were widely recognized and rewarded. Bruno Munari received numerous awards, including the Compasso d'Oro from the Industrial Design Association, the gold medal from the Triennale di Milano and the Japan Design Foundation award. Bruno Munari continued to explore his creativity until the last years of his life. His works are testimony to his continuous aesthetic research and his commitment to communicating through shapes, colors and ideas. Bruno Munari left a lasting legacy in art, design and pedagogy, demonstrating the importance of creativity and imagination in all of our lives.



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