Le Forchette di Munari. Bruno Munari.
Le Forchette di Munari.
Le Forchette di Munari.
Le Forchette di Munari.
Le Forchette di Munari.
Le Forchette di Munari.
Le Forchette di Munari.
(Munari, Bruno)

Le Forchette di Munari.

Mantua: Maurizio Corraini, 1991. Slim quarto. (36)ff. One of 1000 copies. Accompanied by four forks crafted into gestures, mounted on wood boards which are each numbered out of twenty and signed by the artist. The forks, which physically embody some of the drawings in the printed volume, recreate various expressions. The four gestures here are "relax", "come va?", "auto-stop", and "sigaretta?". The volume's text is printed in Italian, French, English, Spanish, German, and Japanese. It, along with the forks, demonstrate Munari's preference for simple yet fantastical art, for making the mundane into the absurd, and for pieces that encouraged kinesthetic learning. Munari first gained prominence as a participant in Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Futurist movement, which emphasized technology, speed, and youth. Munari later distanced himself from Futurism, and his post-war work can be seen as directly in contrast to its themes. Here the forks' play between usefulness and uselessness undermines Futurism's demands for efficiency. Likewise, the use of old technology to represent well-worn gestures contradicts the Futurists' insistence on newness. Each fork is housed in a clear plastic case, which is nailed to the wood board mount and thus allows the board to rotate slightly. Some minor scuffs to plastic, else fine. Volume shows general wear to extremities, with a slight crease to top cover, else fine. Each fork-case measures 14" long by 2" high by 3" wide (except for one, which measures 2" wide). Item #27706

Price: $2,500.00

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