Non stop

09.00 - 23.00

Exact fantasy
Bruno Munari's colours of light


Producers: Sassuolo City Council and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
Curators: Betta Frigieri, Miroslava Hajek, Luca Panaro
21.00 - 23.00 projections on the walls in Piazzale della Rosa
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In the decade after his death, the Paggeria Art Gallery run by the Sassuolo City Council reconstructs historic installations by the artist Bruno Munari (Milan 1907-1998): Direct projections and Polarised light projections, works that were forerunners of multimedia videoinstallations and which influenced generations of contemporary artists.
Munari's work systematically explored light, shadow and movement in relation to space. In the fifties he created works in miniature using painting, mixed media and collage featuring organic materials like onion skins, filamentous tissue, fibres and transparent coloured film. He enclosed these compositions of natural materials between two glass plates and inserted them in projectors like slides: this device removed the physicality of the work and projected it in monumental dimensions. "With a small slide you can fresco a dome," Munari liked to say. Or again: "You can carry an entire exhibition in your pocket." 
As he did at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1954.

During the evenings of the festivalfilosofia (19, 20, 21 September), the streetlights in Piazzale della Rosa will be turned off and Munari's frescoes will illuminate the piazza, carefully reconstructed in accordance with the artist's original intentions.   

The exhibition is curated by Betta Frigieri, Luca Panaro and Miroslava Hajek.  For thirty years the latter collaborated closely with the artist and is depository of the only revised and chronologically catalogued collection of the works of Bruno Munari.

The exhibition will also form part of the event Una città da sfogliare (A city to leaf through) to mark the 150th anniversary of the Sassuolo Library.  As a little-big library of the visual image the association seemed natural.

Bruno Munari (Milano 1907-1998) began his artistic training as a painter amid the experimentation conducted in the ambit of Futurism. In 1925 he met Marinetti and became friends with Balla and Prampolini; from 1927 he took part in the futurist collectives. He exhibited at the Pesaro Gallery in Milan, at the Venice Biennale, at the Rome Quadriennale and in Paris. His first "useless machines", which were constructed on the precepts of programmed art, date from 1933 and earned him recognition in the artistic circles of the time. He invented The tail wagger for lazy dogs, and made a study for Motor for tired tortoises. In 1939 he became art director of the review Tempo. He collaborated with Max Huber on the creation of images for the publishing house Einaudi. His first kinetic multiple (Ora X) dates from 1945; Illegible Books 1948-49; the three-dimensional Continuous structures 1951; "negative-positive" experiments and subsequently those on polarised light and the projection of organic matter; numerous experimental films, the projection of moving art objects; his famous Travelling sculptures in collapsible cardboard. Later came Xerografie originali, the Polariscope, the flexible objects (Flexy), children's games and many and varied kinetic art objects. To this intense research in the field of visual experimentation and activity in the field of projection, he added that of graphic art, theatre design and aesthetic theory.
Required reading among his numerous publications are Design and visual communication (1968), Art as a profession (1966), Artist and designer (1971), Code of the obvious (1971). Prizes and recognition arrived from all over the world: the Japan Design Foundation award (1985), the Lincei award for graphic art (1988), the Spiel Gut prize from Ulm (1971 - 73 - 87), and, in 1989, an honorary degree in architecture from the University of Genoa.

Vernissage: Friday 19 at 19.00

The exhibition continues until 26th October 2008 at the following times: Friday 16.00 - 20.00; Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 13.00 and 16.00 - 20.00

Curators: Betta Frigieri, Miroslava Hajek, Luca Panaro
Producers: Sassuolo City Council and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
Organisers: Betta Frigieri Cultural Association

Paggeria Arte
Piazzale della Rosa, Sassuolo (Mo)
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