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  • Scultura da viaggio 523

    1987

    Cardboard

    50 x 71.5 cm

  • Sedia per visite brevissime

    1945-1988

    Walnut wood and aluminum

    105 x 35 x 20 cm

    Edition of 9

  • Macchina inutile

    1934-83

    Varnished and silk screen printed birch plywood, cord and stone

    253 x 31 cm

    Edition of 99

  • Macchina inutile

    1994

    Varnished and silk screen printed aluminium

    110 x 192 cm

  • Ricostruzione teorica di un oggetto immaginario

    1969

    Mixed media and collage on paper

    35 x 100 cm

     

  • Futurista

    1931

    Tempera on cardboard

    13.7 x 19 cm

  • Polariscop Primo

    1967

    White light, metal box, polaroid lens

    50 x 50 x 15 cm

  • Composizione a luce polarizzata (Serie 4)

    1953-60

    Series of 3 polarised light photographs

    30.7 x 30 cm

Designer, sculptor and Italian writer (Milan 1907 – 1998). Considered one of the greatest protagonists of art, design and graphics of the 20th century, he has maintained its whimsical creativity in support of the investigation of construction of form through tactile and visual experiments and through his great ability to communicate with words, objects and toys. Initially close to Futurism, he left it gradually dedicating his research to shapes and colours and the autonomy of the aesthetic objects. Among his most emblematic works, we find the “useless machines” (1933): mechanisms presented as experimental models investigating the possibilities of perception, making him a precursor of the optical art.

In his later life, Munari was worried by the misperception of his artistic work, which is still confused with the other type of his activity (didactics, design, graphics), and decided to select art historian Miroslava Hajek as curator of a selection of his most important works in 1969. This collection, structured chronologically, shows his continuous creativity, thematic coherence and the evolution of his artistic thought and philosophy throughout his entire life.