‘Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past’ at the Estorick Collection explores the work of one of the most complex, creative and multi-faceted figures of Italian 20th century art, from Munari’s initial Futurist phase (c.1927) to the post-war period (up to 1950) when he became a point of reference for a new generation of Italian artists, as one of the founders of the Movimento Arte Concreta.
BRUNO MUNARI: MY FUTURIST PAST, 19th September – 23rd December 2012
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN (020 7704 9522)
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 12noon – 5pm, late night opening the first Thursday of the month until 9pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission £5, concessions £3.50, students and under 16s free – includes permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
Curated by Miroslava Hajek in collaboration with Luca Zaffarano and the Massimo & Sonia Cirulli Archive, this exhibition will reveal the full richness of Bruno Munari’s playful, irreverent and endlessly creative career.
This exhibition focuses on two aspects: an artistic one, in which the initial but conflicting relationship with Futurism is investigated; and a second one which, through sketches, graphic illustrations and advertisements, investigates Munari’s independent work as a graphic designer for the leading magazines of the day, contributing greatly to the modernisation of Italian culture.
The exhibition also presents the Concave-convex installation for the first time in the UK. It will be accompanied by outdoor events involving examples of polarised projection on the façade of the museum.
Images: from top: – Cosmic Map, Useless Machine (Arrhythmic Carousel), Negative positive, Aeroplanes and Archers and Misunderstood Poet.