“Everyone knows a different Munari”, reads the back cover of Codice ovvio, the collection published by Einaudi in 1971. And nothing could be more true: the diversity and originality of Bruno Munari’s artistic experimentation gave rise to a plethora of creative activities, ranging from drawings to designs, collages, paintings, sculptures, readable and not-so-readable books, new image reproduction techniques, industrial design, editorial graphics, architecture and new pedagogical ideas.
Faced with the impossible task of defining his work using mechanisms such as artistic trends and styles, the volume is structured as a journey through the “total art” of Bruno Munari: the result of exploratory approaches and relationships that reveal the pleasure of communication, the rigour and simplicity of form and the criticism of artistic conventions, with all the irony necessary to apply the imagination from multiple perspectives.
Bruno Munari Total Artist is the printed edition that accompanies the exhibition on show at Museo Ettore Fico in Turin from 16 February to 11 June 2017. The book includes a critical essay by Claudio Cerritelli, two of his interviews with Gillo Dorfles and Bruno Munari and is visually enriched by over 500 illustrations that provide an extensive look into the universe of Munari.