Focus “Chi s’è visto s’è visto (and that was that). Bruno Munari, Ada Ardessi and Atto”
The exhibition produced in collaboration with the Jacqueline Vodoz - Bruno Danese Foundation, represents an important opportunity to view part of the large body of works by Bruno Munari, put together by the two collectors over the years. The goal is to narrate the artistic dimension – the generative aspect of the polytechnic capacity – of Bruno Munari through his works.
The exhibition Munari polytechnic – curated by Marco Sammicheli in collaboration with Giovanni Rubino - is the story of a multifaceted creator, who journeyed through painting, sculpture, graphic design, design and pedagogy. During his activities, his network of relations with many Italian and foreign artists also meat that his work could interrelate with the twentieth century’s panorama, with all its various conjoined components, of modernism. The works in the exhibition come largely from the collection of Bruno Danese and Jacqueline Vodoz, who in their alternating roles as friends, collectors, publishers and entrepreneurs, supported and encourage Munari to experiment with languages for decades, often acting as accomplices in important encounters and “trespassings”.
Munari is presented here as a restless investigator, having constantly developed and renewed solutions to diverse but at the same time contiguous problems. Our itinerary focusses on a number of “thematic”readings of Munari’s exprerimentation and his direct interfaces with the international artistic panorama. His personam and artistic life are therefore reflected in the works exhibited, which arrivefrom the aforementioned Jacqueline Vodoz - Bruno Danese Foundation and also from the Museum of the Twentieth Century and the archive ISISUF (International Institute of Futurism Studies).
Alongside the main exhibition, the Focus is dedicated to the photographic work, partly unpublished, of Ada Ardessi and Atto, authors who for decades worked closely with Munari. The exhibition is titled “Chi s'è visto s'è visto (And that is that)”, a phrase that Munari loved to quote in order to subvert knowingly the relationship between self-representation, the visual dimension of portraits and their apparent reflections.