Gianni Rodari and Bruno Munari have always paid great attention to the world of children, sharing the purpose of setting images and words free, and making us discover the pleasure of invention, imagination and creativity. Bringing together seemingly distant or even opposite elements, and coming up with unexpected solutions and combinations, they gave new meanings to letters and signs.
These illustrations were made for Filastrocche in cielo e in terra (1960): with his distinctive lightness and essential stroke, Bruno Munari recreates all the poetry of Rodari’s stories, elevating their imaginative side and their ability to amaze us.
Bruno Munari (1907-1998) was one of the protagonists of 20th-century art, design and graphics in Italy.
Since his very first experiences in the 30s among the artists of the Second Futurism, he always dedicated his creative activity to every form of “experimentation”, in the fields of painting, sculpture, design, photography and didactics. As a part of his eclectic work as an artist-designer, he always paid special attention to the world of children. Never separating content from form and materials, what he designed were at once books, book-objects and games that make us think.
Bruno Munari took a personal interest in the activities of the Corraini art gallery and publishing house for over twenty years, so it is hardly surprising that his books occupy a special place in our catalogue; he also redesigned the Edizioni Corraini logo, inspired by a previous drawing by Roman artist Giosetta Fioroni.