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Poster, Bruno Munari, 1995

This is a Poster. It is dated 1995 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is offset lithograph on wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Norwegian-born graphic designer and publisher Lars Müller was commissioned with the design of this poster, advertising a retrospective exhibition of Bruno Munari – influential Italian artist and designer – held at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, Switzerland. Munari’s work was strongly influenced by the futurist movement, which he officially adhered to in 1927. Several of his works also owe much to surrealism, probably discovered after meeting with André Breton and Louis Aragon in Paris during the 1930’s. Müller pays homage to the artist by using a series of minimal, curving red lines and circular holes, which evoke Munari’s graphic transformations of everyday objects into abstract artworks, saturated with philosophical connotations. Bruno Munari is little known outside of Italy, a situation inversely proportional to his importance in the world of design.

This object was donated by Marc Benda. It is credited Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.

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Its dimensions are

128.2 x 90.8 cm (50 1/2 x 35 3/4 in.)

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Poster, Bruno Munari, 1995; Switzerland; offset lithograph on wove paper; 128.2 x 90.8 cm (50 1/2 x 35 3/4 in.); Gift of Sara and Marc Benda; 2010-21-114

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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