Bruno Munari "That Hand, This Hand"

The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga

poster for Bruno Munari "That Hand, This Hand"

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Bruno Munari (1907-1998) was an Italian designer active in a range of fields, from painting to product design, art education, graphics and sculpture, who left behind a oeuvre unique, dream-like and overflowing in humor.
To mark the centenary of Munari's birth, this exhibition, starting from the task of a "book" taking on his life, will comprehensively introduce his colorful career. Focusing on his early publications, it is composed of over three hundred works of picture book manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, sketches and films. Munari's work is filled with a child-like curiosity, ideas free and lithe, a rich creativity, and a warming perspective on humanity and nature. It is said to be a treasure forever continuing to glitter in our hearts. Colorful, brimming with the surprises of dreams, both adults and children can enjoy being in the enchanting fantasia of Munari's world.

Children's Workshop "Make a Picture Book": June 15th (Sun) 13:00-15:30
Reservation required
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Children's Workshop "Make a Card": June 28th (Sat) 13:30-16:00
Reservation required
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Lecture: June 8th (Sun) 13:30-
The Museum of Modern Art Shiga Fine Arts Faculty Member
*At Lecture Hall



from May 31, 2008 to July 06, 2008


Bruno Munari



pyrmont: (2008-07-06 at 22:07)

My feelings were a little mixed after this exhibition. The works on display were undoubtedly interesting but I'm sorry to say the Museum of Modern Art did a terrible job curating the show. Indeed much of the exhibition felt like it hadn't been curated; rarely did things feel as if they had been assembled with any great intent. What should have been the highlight, many of Munari's beautiful picture books, were trapped in glass cases -- unable to be appreciated beyond the page they were open on.

An Italian-language interview with Munari that no one had bothered to subtitle (in either English or Japanese) was symptomatic of the show: while the material drew you in there appeared little regard for the organisational busywork that needs to be put in to these sorts of things to make them a success. A little disappointing.

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