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Bruno Munari: biography, selected museum exhibitions, public collections and shows at kaufmann repetto

 

biography

Bruno Munari was born in Milan, Italy in 1907 and was died in 1998.

He began his career at an early age during the second wave of Italian Futurists, exhibiting his work for the first time in 1927 at Galleria Pesaro, Milan. Simultaneously he pursued activities as an art-director, curator, and illustrator. In the years following, he progressively moved away from the influence of Futurism, developing an extremely personal and singular project over the course of 60 years. In 1930, he produced the Aerial Machine, from which came his Macchine Inutili (Useless Machines), anticipating his interest in the deconstruction of the traditional work of art.

 

selected museum exhibitions

His work is included in Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943, curated by Germano Celant at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2019); Other recent exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Japan (2018); Museo Ettore Fico, Turin (2017); and the Estorick Collection of Italian Modern Art, London, (2012).

Munari exhibited extensively throughout his lifetime, participating in major international exhibitions that include Documenta 3, Kassel (1964) and Documenta 4, Kassel (1968), besides the participation in nine editions of the Venice Biennale.

In 1955, he had a two-person exhibition with Alvin Lustig at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and in 1966, he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and another solo exhibition at the Howard Wise Gallery, New York. His work has also been exhibited at institutions that include the Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; Hayward Art Gallery, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

 

public collections

Munari’s works are held in the permanent collections of metropolitan museum of art, new york; moma – the museum of modern art, new york; the brooklyn museum, new york; the merill-berman collection, new york; the smithsonian cooper-hewitt national design museum, new york; the j. paul getty museum, los angeles; the toledo museum of art, Toledo; the museo del novecento, milan; gallerie d’italia, milan; triennale design museum, milan; fondazione vodoz-bruno danese, milan; the centre pompidou, Paris; the british museum, London; the moderna musset, stockholm; galleria nazionale d’arte moderna, rome; galleria civica, modena; mart – museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di trento e rovereto, rovereto; maga – museo d’arte di gallarate, gallarate; museion, bolzano; museo novecento, florence; macba – museo de arte contemporaneo, buenos aires; and the keio university art center, tokyo.

 

shows at kaufmann repetto

Vent’anni – Twenty Years, 2020, group show at kaufmann repetto new york
Ognuno vede ciò che sa (Everyone sees what they know), 2018-19, solo show at Kaufmann Repetto milan
Works: 1930 – 1996, 2018, solo show at Kaufmann Repetto New York in collaboration with Andrew kreps gallery

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Upcoming group exhibitions

2020 Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Selected solo exhibitions

2019 Bruno Munari: a mudança é a única constante no universo, Museu da Casa Brasilera, São Paulo, Brazil

2018 Ognuno vede ciò che sa (Everyone sees what they know), kaufmann repetto, Milan Bruno Munari. I Colori della Luce, Fondazione PLART, Naples

Bruno Munari:

conservare lo spirito dell’infanzia (Bruno Munari: Keeping the Childhood Spirit), travelling exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, Hayama; Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art; Iwate Museum of Art; Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Bruno Munari.

 

Works:

1939 – 1996, Andrew Kreps Gallery and kaufmann repetto, New York

2017 Munari Aria | Terra (Munari Air | Earth), Fondazione Palazzo Preto rio, Cittadella, Padua Bruno Munari. Total Artist, Museo Ettore Fico, Turin

2014 Munari politecnico (Polytechnic Munari), Museo del 900, Milan

2012 Pensare confonde le idee (Thinking only confuses ideas), Galleria dell’Incisione, Brescia Bruno Munari. My Futurist Past, Estorick Collection of Italian Modern Art, London

2009 Les livres de Bruno Munari (The Books of Bruno Munari), Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

2008 Bruno Munari, Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Rome Bruno Munari: il disegno, il design (Bruno Munari: drawings, design), Salone delle Scuderie in Pilotta, Parma

2007 Bruno Munari. 70 anni di libri (Bruno Munari: 70 years of books), Centro Luigi Pecci, Prato Bruno Munari: da cosa nasce cosa (Bruno Munari: one thing leads to another), travelling exhibition: Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan; Kariya City, Japan Bruno Munari, Rotonda della Besana, Milan Munari Archeologico (Archeological Munari), Museo Archeologico, Bologna

2004 Tinguely e Munari. Opere in azione (Tinguely and Munari. Works in movement), Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CAMeC, La Spezia Bruno Munari, Italian Institue of Culture, San Francisco

2003 Bruno Munari, Italian Institue of Culture, Los Angeles

2002 Bruno Munari. Playful Master of Nonsense. Design From Italy, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

1997 Bruno Munari, Valente Arte Contemporanea, Finale Ligure, Savona

1995 Bruno Munari, Museum fur Gestaltung, Zurich

1992 Xerografie originali, Albisola Marina, Savona

1988 Bruno Munari.

 

Works

1933 – 1988, Jerusalem Museum, Jerusalem

1988 Xerografie originali, Galleria Sincron, Brescia

1986 Bruno Munari, Palazzo Reale, Milano

1984 Museo de Arte Moderno Fundaciòn Soto, Bolivia

1972 Design and visual research, Italian Cultural Institute, Copenhagen

1968 Ideas of new functions, Kunstgewerbeschule, Basel

1966 Bruno Munari, Howard Wise Gallery, New York

1960 Polarized Light Projections, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1955 Two graphic designers: Bruno Munari and Alvin Lustig, Museum Of Modern Art, New York

1954 Proiezioni dirette (Direct Projections), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

 

Selected group exhibitions

2020 Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, curated by Andrea Bellini and Sarah Lombardi, Geneva, Switzerland

2019 Playing Art. Education, Art, and Design, Fundación Juan March, Madrid

2018 Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918-1943, Fondazione Prada, Milan 2015 Painting in Italy 1910s-1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art, Sperone Westwater, New York Fotografia Futurista (Futurist Photography), Galleria Sozzani, Milano

2014 Italian Futurism 1909-1944. Reconstructing Universe, Guggenheim Museum, New York La Tyrannie des objects (The Tyranny of Objects), Galerie des Galerie, Lafayette Haussmann, Paris Il design italiano tra autarchia, austerità e autoproduzione (Italian design: autarky, austerity, and self-production), La Triennale di Milano, Milan Slide Slide Slide, Microscope Gallery, New York

2013 Inside/Outside, Brasilian Pavilion, The Venice Biennale, Venice TDMS: Grafica Italiana (TDMS: Italian Graphic), La Triennale di Milano, Milan Dynamo. Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l’art

1013-2013, Grand Palais, Paris 2012 The Small Utopia: Ars Multiplicata,Fondazione Prada, Venice Programmare l’arte. Olivetti e le avanguardie cinetiche (To Program Art: Olivetti and Kinetic Avant-gardes, Museo del 900, Milan

2008 La parola nell’arte (Words in Art), Mart – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Trento

2007 Il Mondo Italian (Italian World), Mart – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Trento

1997 Minimalia, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art PS1, New York

1995 A Century of Artists Books, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1994 The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968, Guggenheim Museum, New York

1992 The Artist and the Book in Twentieth Century Italy, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1990 Avanguardia Italianad e entreguerras. Futurismo y Racionalismo, IVAM-Centre Julio Gonzales, Valencia Italiens Moderne. Futurismus und Rationalismus, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel

 

1989 Arte Italiana: 1900-1945 (Italian Art: 1900-1945), Palazzo Grassi, Venice

1986 Futurismo e futuristi (Futurism and Futurists), Palazzo Grassi, Venice 1983 Programmed and kinetic art 1953 – 1963. The last avant-garde, Palazzo Reale, Milan 1979 Electroworks, International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester 1972 The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1971 Multiples The first decade, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

1969 5 Italians: Bonalumi, Ceroli, Manzoni, Munari, Pistoletto, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe 1968 The Machine As Seen At The End Of The Mechanical Age, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1967 Light and Motion Space, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, traveled to Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

1966 Greetings!, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York Polarized Light, XXXIII Venice Biennale Munari.Produktie B. Danese, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1965 Lumiere, mouvement et optique, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Bruxelles

1964 Art In Motion, Royal College of Arts, London

1962 Arte Programmata (Programmed Art), Olivetti, Milan 1961 Bevaegelse i Kunsten, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek

1960 Kinetische Kunst, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich 1959 Motion in Vision, Vision in Motion, Hessenhuis, Anversa

1953 Recent Acquisitions

1946 – 1953, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1952 XXVI Venice Biennale, Venice

1936 New Painting, XX Venice Biennale, Venice

1934 XIX Venice Biennale, Venice

1930 Italian Futurists, XVII Venice Biennale

1927 Exhibition of 34 futurists, Galleria Pesaro, Milan Selected public collections Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Merill-Berman Collection, New York; Smithsonian CooperHewitt National Design Museum, New York; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; Museo del Novecento, Milan; Gallerie d’Italia, Milan; Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Fondazione Vodoz-Bruno Danese, Milan; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The British Museum, London; Moderna Musset, Stockholm; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; Galleria Civica, Modena; MART – Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto; MAGA – Museo d’Arte di Gallarate, Gallarate; Museion, Bolzano; Museo Novecento, Florence; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires; Keio University Art Center, Tokyo.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming group exhibitions

2020 Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

Selected solo exhibitions

2019 Bruno Munari: a mudança é a única constante no universo, Museu da Casa Brasilera, São Paulo, Brazil

2018 Ognuno vede ciò che sa (Everyone sees what they know), kaufmann repetto, Milan
Bruno Munari. I Colori della Luce, Fondazione PLART, Naples
Bruno Munari: conservare lo spirito dell’infanzia (Bruno Munari: Keeping the Childhood Spirit), travelling exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, Hayama; Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art; Iwate Museum of Art; Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Bruno Munari. Works: 1939 – 1996, Andrew Kreps Gallery and kaufmann repetto, New York

2017 Munari Aria | Terra (Munari Air | Earth), Fondazione Palazzo Preto rio, Cittadella, Padua
Bruno Munari. Total Artist, Museo Ettore Fico, Turin

2014 Munari politecnico (Polytechnic Munari), Museo del 900, Milan

2012 Pensare confonde le idee (Thinking only confuses ideas), Galleria dell’Incisione, Brescia
Bruno Munari. My Futurist Past, Estorick Collection of Italian Modern Art, London

2009 Les livres de Bruno Munari (The Books of Bruno Munari), Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

2008 Bruno Munari, Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Rome
Bruno Munari: il disegno, il design (Bruno Munari: drawings, design), Salone delle Scuderie in Pilotta, Parma

2007 Bruno Munari. 70 anni di libri (Bruno Munari: 70 years of books), Centro Luigi Pecci, Prato
Bruno Munari: da cosa nasce cosa (Bruno Munari: one thing leads to another), travelling exhibition: Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan; Kariya City, Japan
Bruno Munari, Rotonda della Besana, Milan
Munari Archeologico (Archeological Munari), Museo Archeologico, Bologna

2004 Tinguely e Munari. Opere in azione (Tinguely and Munari. Works in movement), Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CAMeC, La Spezia
Bruno Munari, Italian Institue of Culture, San Francisco

2003 Bruno Munari, Italian Institue of Culture, Los Angeles
2002 Bruno Munari. Playful Master of Nonsense. Design From Italy, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
1997 Bruno Munari, Valente Arte Contemporanea, Finale Ligure, Savona
1995 Bruno Munari, Museum fur Gestaltung, Zurich
1992 Xerografie originali, Albisola Marina, Savona
1988 Bruno Munari. Works 1933 – 1988, Jerusalem Museum, Jerusalem
1988 Xerografie originali, Galleria Sincron, Brescia
1986 Bruno Munari, Palazzo Reale, Milano
1984 Museo de Arte Moderno Fundaciòn Soto, Bolivia
1972 Design and visual research, Italian Cultural Institute, Copenhagen
1968 Ideas of new functions, Kunstgewerbeschule, Basel
1966 Bruno Munari, Howard Wise Gallery, New York
1960 Polarized Light Projections, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1955 Two graphic designers: Bruno Munari and Alvin Lustig, Museum Of Modern Art, New York
1954 Proiezioni dirette (Direct Projections), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected group exhibitions

2020 Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, curated by Andrea Bellini and Sarah Lombardi, Geneva, Switzerland
2019 Playing Art. Education, Art, and Design, Fundación Juan March, Madrid
2018 Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918-1943, Fondazione Prada, Milan
2015 Painting in Italy 1910s-1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art, Sperone Westwater, New York Fotografia Futurista (Futurist Photography), Galleria Sozzani, Milano

2014 Italian Futurism 1909-1944. Reconstructing Universe, Guggenheim Museum, New York
La Tyrannie des objects (The Tyranny of Objects), Galerie des Galerie, Lafayette Haussmann, Paris
Il design italiano tra autarchia, austerità e autoproduzione (Italian design: autarky, austerity, and self-production), La Triennale di Milano, Milan
Slide Slide Slide, Microscope Gallery, New York

2013 Inside/Outside, Brasilian Pavilion, The Venice Biennale, Venice
TDMS: Grafica Italiana (TDMS: Italian Graphic), La Triennale di Milano, Milan
Dynamo. Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l’art 1013-2013, Grand Palais, Paris

2012 The Small Utopia: Ars Multiplicata,Fondazione Prada, Venice
Programmare l’arte. Olivetti e le avanguardie cinetiche (To Program Art: Olivetti and Kinetic Avant-gardes, Museo del 900, Milan

2008 La parola nell’arte (Words in Art), Mart – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Trento
2007 Il Mondo Italian (Italian World), Mart – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Trento
1997 Minimalia, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art PS1, New York
1995 A Century of Artists Books, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1994 The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968, Guggenheim Museum, New York
1992 The Artist and the Book in Twentieth Century Italy, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1990 Avanguardia Italianad e entreguerras. Futurismo y Racionalismo, IVAM-Centre Julio Gonzales, Valencia Italiens Moderne. Futurismus und Rationalismus, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel

1989 Arte Italiana: 1900-1945 (Italian Art: 1900-1945), Palazzo Grassi, Venice
1986 Futurismo e futuristi (Futurism and Futurists), Palazzo Grassi, Venice
1983 Programmed and kinetic art 1953 – 1963. The last avant-garde, Palazzo Reale, Milan

1979 Electroworks, International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester
1972 The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1971 Multiples The first decade, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
1969 5 Italians: Bonalumi, Ceroli, Manzoni, Munari, Pistoletto, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
1968 The Machine As Seen At The End Of The Mechanical Age, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1967 Light and Motion Space, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, traveled to Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
1966 Greetings!, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York Polarized Light, XXXIII Venice Biennale Munari.Produktie B. Danese, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1965 Lumiere, mouvement et optique, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Bruxelles
1964 Art In Motion, Royal College of Arts, London
1962 Arte Programmata (Programmed Art), Olivetti, Milan
1961 Bevaegelse i Kunsten, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
1960 Kinetische Kunst, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich
1959 Motion in Vision, Vision in Motion, Hessenhuis, Anversa
1953 Recent Acquisitions 1946 – 1953, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1952 XXVI Venice Biennale, Venice
1936 New Painting, XX Venice Biennale, Venice
1934 XIX Venice Biennale, Venice
1930 Italian Futurists, XVII Venice Biennale
1927 Exhibition of 34 futurists, Galleria Pesaro, Milan

 

Selected public collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Merill-Berman Collection, New York; Smithsonian CooperHewitt National Design Museum, New York; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; Museo del Novecento, Milan; Gallerie d’Italia, Milan; Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Fondazione Vodoz-Bruno Danese, Milan; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The British Museum, London; Moderna Musset, Stockholm; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; Galleria Civica, Modena; MART – Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto; MAGA – Museo d’Arte di Gallarate, Gallarate; Museion, Bolzano; Museo Novecento, Florence; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires; Keio University Art Center, Tokyo.

 

prizes

In 1954 he won the Compasso d’oro prize (Golden Compass Award) for the Scimmietta Zizì.
In 1964 he was included in the XV Premio Avezzano Strutture di Visione, Palazzo Torlonia, Avezzano.

La Repubblica, 2019

ArtForum International, 2019

The New York Times, 2018

Frieze, 2018