Today will be dedicated to the visually stunning creations of Bruno Munari (1907 – 1998). For those of you who are not familiar with him, Munari was an Italian artist and designer with wide-ranging skills. He worked as a painter, sculptor, and industrial designer; he was a graphic artist and filmmaker, a writer and a poet. Munari believed in the power of simple design to stimulate the imagination.
Bruno Munari had a son, Alberto, who inspired him to begin creating children’s materials. Munari was interested in the interrelationship between games, creativity and childhood. For this reason, he strove to create children’s materials that would support the maintenance of the young mind’s elasticity and point of view. Munari did not believe in the inherent value of fantastical stories of princes and princesses, or dragons and monsters; instead, he wanted to create simple stories about people, animals, and plants that awaken the senses. Books with basic story lines and a humorous twist, brought to life by simple, colorful illustrations drawn with clarity and precision.
With this mission in mind, Munari wrote the nine children’s books mentioned below. In addition, he created other “pre-books,” to inspire a love of reading in pre-literate minds. These were stories that could not be communicated with words, that were expressed instead in visual, and tactile terms. For these works he won the Andersen award for Best Children’s Author in 1974, a graphic award in the Bologna Fair for the childhood in 1984, and a Lego award for his exceptional contributions on the development on creativity of children in 1986.