Bruno Munari at the Estorick Collection, Winter 2012
Fri, 04 Jan 2013
This Winter, the Estorick will showcase the works of Bruno Munari, one of the most creative and multi-faceted figures of twentieth-century Italian art. The Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past exhibition outlines Munari’s career from the early 30s up to the post-war period, the years in which he significantly influenced various fields of art and design. Some of Baroncelli’s creations were actually inspired by Bruno Munari’s work explains Giovanni Corrado, Baroncelli's Creative Director.
Munari adopted an innovative approach to the use of space in his art, for example Concave-convex, which was based around a hanging object made of moulded metallic mesh. This piece is presented for the first time in the UK as part of the exhibition.
Munari’s Macchine Inutili (Useless Machines) series showcases three-dimensional structures made of simple geometrical figures hung together. Adopting this characteristic, Baroncelli’s statement Crono chandelier features suspended concentric circles which, in the illusion of their collapsibility, nod to the design of Bruno Munari’s iconic Falkland lamp, one of the symbols of Italian 60’s design. Baroncelli’s Dino floor lamp (left) is another piece that resonates with the dynamism and repetitive forms of some of Munari's work.
Dino floor lamp by Baroncelli