Milan

Bruno Munari, Fossile del 2000 (Fossil of the Year 2000), 1991, Plexiglas, metal, 14 1⁄4 × 8 1⁄8 × 4 3⁄4".

Bruno Munari, Fossile del 2000 (Fossil of the Year 2000), 1991, Plexiglas, metal, 14 1⁄4 × 8 1⁄8 × 4 3⁄4".

Bruno Munari

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In the 1930s, Bruno Munari (1907–1998) experimented with ceramics in Tullio Mazzotti’s avant-garde workshop in Albisola, in the northwest of Italy. In his small ceramic Bulldog, 1934, curvilinear planes form the figure of an animal toy both tender and surprising, exemplifying the ironic air that runs through the practice of this artist-designer, who joined the second wave of Futurism in the late ’20s. Bulldog—the earliest work in this exhibition, “Ognuno vede ciò che sa” (Everyone Sees What They Know)—already reveals Munari’s wedding of methodological logic to imaginative freedom. His attachment to the poetics this combination produced persists throughout his oeuvre; it is also expressed, for example, in the desecration of the Futurist myth of the machine in Macchina aritmica (Arrhythmic Machine), 1951–83, whose kinetic mechanism behaves in bizarre and unproductive ways.

Fossile del 2000

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