Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari [October 24, 1907, Milan – September 30, 1998, Milan] was an Italian artist and designer, who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts [painting, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphic design] and non-visual arts such as literature, poetry] and his research on games, didactic method and creativity.


Bruno Munari’s work combines humour with sophistication and intellect. Munari was the author of many books and articles including Design as Art in 1987. The Munari principle was “ lucidity, leanness, exactitude and humour.”

He flourished in advertising and design in the 1930’s and 1940’s mostly in graphics, in the company of Fortunato Deperoand and Ulrico Prampoline. In 1957 he started working seriously and consistently for Danese but never gave up on painting as a proper focus for creativity. In the 1950’s he helped found the postwar Movemento Arte Concreta, Munari was never political but he owed a great deal to the Futurists and their philosophy of modernity.


Munari was one of Milan’s intellectuals, seeing meanings in shape, colour, gesture and form. Bruno Munari was passionate about democratizing art and making good design available to all people therefore bettering a persons living conditions and encouraging people to develop their taste and sense of beauty.


Quote: ”The designer of today re-establishes the long lost contact between art and the public, between living people and art as a living thing.



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One Comment on “Bruno Munari”

  1. clea1g says:

    Great post about a designer whom I feel should be better known – Munari was multi-disciplinary and achieved brilliant outcomes in so many fields from graphic to product.
    Sorry you had to withdraw from the course, you were a pleasure to have in the class and we miss you. Take care of yourself and drop in sometime.

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